Halloween night

Something occurs to you
on waking this morning:
storm doesn’t give concessions
or serve gratitude
but slices the natural world
into pieces and rearranges the order,
a surprise when you are road-driving,
the sky darkens and lights up,
the windshield fogging
and you remember that a few
windows in the house were open
when you left.

wisdom & mercy

“Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance
or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent.
For you love all things that are
and loathe nothing that you have made;
for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours,
O LORD and lover of souls,
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!”


Wisdom 11:22-26, 12:1-2


“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living….”

-Henri Poincaré

note: quoted in Hidden Harmony, The Connected Worlds of Physics and Art by J.R. Leibowitz

Books read: I finished The Martian by Andy Weir. A joy to read the resourcefulness and equanimity of the “martian”.

I finished also the book, A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Each vignette brightens the perception. Wonderful ending.

Walk to the river





My walk to the river yesterday lasted for one hour,less than 10,000 steps. The river was at low tide. The social group of fishermen enjoyed their banter, coffee, and fishing. The white heron walked on the riverbank unafraid of the surrounding.

The day was warm at 78 degrees. The leaves fell and arranged themselves on the path.