Despite the glorious, almost too-warm temperatures for a day six weeks into autumn, I took off for my late-morning walk with a heavy heart. I was depressed, outraged, and frightened over lost hopes for a return to American values, a stolen election, and Soviet-style intrusions into the lives of patriots only one day after the election has been called. I remain so after my return. However, the catharsis of a brisk walk, the dark tale of The Idiot that I listened to on my AirPods, and unique sights of autumn on Old Beulah Road gave me a needed reminder of my own smallness in this magnificent universe. I realized–nay, I experienced–that there are still moments of startling beauty on the Earth, that there are minute ideas to be examined closely, and voluminous philosophies to be pondered endlessly.
I am posting this photo gallery, largely unedited–the day presented raw–to remind myself and to reassure my readers of the important lessons in our tempestuous times.
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Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married (Isaiah 62:4).
I’m a registered nurse, working for a well-known insurance company and this morning I am tracing fibrils of the inter-web for insightful personal comments from anyone on T.H. White’s, “Everything not forbidden…” quotation. The “done or not done” perfection of ant colony society has come to mind in a struggle to clarify my (over?) reaction to a mental health provider’s new “office management system” having transitioned to the best-practice efficiencies of artificial intelligence. I have enjoyed the entries I found here on that topic (as well as the 10 or so additional thus far), more than just about anything else I have seen or heard in recent memory. Thank you!
Diane, I am delighted that you have found my blog–that we have found each other. I am already enchanted with the way you write and think, and I look forward to getting to know you better, via Just(e) Words or elsewhere.