Unfinished Nation

Our nation, the so-called United States, but seemingly endlessly divided, is on a journey.  Some moments have seemed brighter than others.  Some seasons have appeared to revert backwards rather than move forward.  But looking across the decades and the few scant centuries of our life as a nation, it’s a movement that presses onward to an ever-broadening vision of a people united in liberty and justice for all.

One Red Leaf

There’s nothing like autumn in New England, every tree a masterpiece with brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds, mixed with tenacious greens.  We’re still early in the season, though, so you can still glimpse a wondrous single red leaf on an otherwise entirely green tree.  What made it go first?  Does it know all the others will follow?  Perhaps it’s easy for a leaf to be so fearless, but it’s a great example anyway.

Highway Signs

So simple, yet so helpful, how would we get around with highway signage?  Yet they’re mysterious, too.  How do they stay clean and bright?  How much science went into the selection of just the right color, size, and font to make them so readable without being distracting?  Who decides which towns to highlight for north/south or east/west when you’re entering a large highway?  There’s a lot of thought behind those “simple,” old-fashioned signs, and I appreciate it.

Ice Cream is a Wonder

Ice cream is an astonishing invention.  A simple, ancient, yet unlikely pleasure, ice cream has delivered cold in the summer since long before air conditioning and refrigeration.  A delight for little children and adults of all ages, this simple wonder unites us.

Today, still shaken by tragedy in the news this week, I’m making a choice for joy by restarting this blog – enjoying ice cream to celebrate summer solstice and reclaiming my voice for joy.

Weeds

There’s so much vitality in weeds.  They find a way to grow in unlikely places and flourish even in harsh conditions.  They add diversity and abundance to meager landscapes.  They remind us that nature is bigger than our plans to contain it.

Umbrellas

An effective personal shield, umbrellas are a simple solution to an everyday problem.  Short of a magical shield charm or impervious spell, umbrellas get the job done at minimal cost and effort.

They’re also a fashion statement.  In the downtown working commute there’s a sea of black.  In delightful contrast is the occasional standout.  Today I saw polka dots, bright pink, lime green, and a clear umbrella covered with comics.  Was it an active fashion choice or a hasty pick from the umbrella stand?  Either way it brightens my day and makes me proud to raise my Disneyworld umbrella.