Tracks

Looking back, we see where we’ve come from.
We can not change any of it,
but we can learn a lot by seeing our tracks;
what we bypassed,
where we hid,
where we detoured
to get us here.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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It’s Alright To Float

Until you know you will not drown,
you must not try to save anyone else.
Stay away from those who are also thrashing about
trying to survive,
lest in their panic
you both are sucked below.

You are tired.
It is alright to float, to relax
to look around and see
nothing else has changed
while you struggle for your life,

All the stars are still in the sky.
Birds still sing
flowers still bloom.

Just float for now
even if you do not want to stay here forever,
though you feel you have so much reason
to get to the shore,
to go for help, to save others.

The fog will lift, the morning will awaken
you will see you are much nearer the shore
than you thought.
Just float.

©1991 Sharron R. McMillan

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April Fools

Crocheted Octopus

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It Is Definitely Spring

First Slugs

You know it’s been a long winter when you get excited about seeing the first slugs of the year.

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My Birthday Bouquet

My birthday bouquet

Pussy willows, huckleberry and a daffodil.  Lovely.

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Each and Every Day Is A Gift

Licorice Fern on Maple

Unwrap it, admire it, enjoy it.
And be thankful at the end of it.

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Take Time To Stand and Stare

Dark eyed Junco

If you stand perfectly still and stare long enough at the litter of maple leaves on the ground,  you’ll be surprised to see them moving and then a bird comes into focus and then another and another.  Masters of camouflage, dark-eyed Junco are the gift of stillness.

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Life is Bursting out All Over

Golden plum blossoms about to burst.

Walk around your neighbourhood, find a path or a trail and take a walk through nature,
life is all around us in spite of dire news.  Take all the necessary precautions but embrace life, hope for solutions, believe in miracles – life goes on.

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Plant Something

Believe in tomorrow
Hope for the future
Go outside and make  a corner of your world beautiful.

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Rhubarb Is Awake

Rhubarb is awake

Dreaming of rhubarb pie, stewed rhubarb (stupid barb is what we call it) mmm
Tea from boiled leaves keeps club root from brassicas and black spot off roses.
Fruit stalks are mildly laxative, rich in potassium, vitamin C and fibre used as a spring tonic with a tart flavour caused by non toxic malic acid.
Makes yummy pies, jellies, jams, wine and ‘stupid barb’ sauce.
The raw or cooked leaves are poisonous to humans and livestock if consumed in large enough amounts.

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Live Today As Best You Can

Bumblebee

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

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Garden Trio

Garden Trio

I found this lovely blues trio in the raspberry patch
making beautiful harmony together.

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Primrose Smiles

Primrose from my Valentine
now in my garden shine
turned up faces in the sun
bring smiles every time.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Turning Fear Into Faith

‘I love doing preposterous things,’ he replied. “Why, I don’t know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection.”

~ Excerpt from “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard

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I Will Lift Up My Eyes

Jervis Inlet

I will lift up my eyes
and see beauty
and hear birdsong in the trees.
I will count my blessings
one by one
and care for those around me.
I will not let fear
turn my head
nor my thoughts
to negative thinking
because this too
shall pass
and all will be well.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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