Right Steps & Poui Trees


Last Sunrise, First Sunrise

On Sunday morning, I sat on my roof watching the last sunrise for 2017. My tea for that morning was tumeric and ginger, sweetened with Belcour honey, from hives my brother and sister-in-law have in the Blue Mountains. There was very little cloud cover, providing a rather minimalist early sunrise sky.P1250275Later the sun came up over the hills…P1250464…outlining them in differing shades of grey.P1250505The next day I was up on the roof again, to watch the first sunrise for 2018. Tea was peppermint…with Belcour honey. It was a very different morning, overcast, with heavy banks of grey clouds.P1250773But the sun came up. As it always does. With unremarkable regularity.P1250900

These divisions…such as the old year into the new year…are arbitrary but useful structures for us, reminding us of the passage of time and ordering our lives to some extent. I enjoy these formal endings and beginnings and some of the rituals associated with them. Not all, mind you. But what I am growing to love more and more are the rhythms of nature. As I view them from my roof…because I am not a great outdoor person, hiking or cycling or similar activities. I am the person who sits on her roof, observing the movement of the sun, moon and stars, the daily flight of birds through this space, the trees blossoming and other such things. It is amazing what I can see when I sit still for a while….

On the 4th day of 2018, it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year!



Simple Ritual: Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction

“This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.”

I sit on the roof, drinking tea, writing in my journal…tea on roof…watching the sunrise. Simple, repeated ritual.sunriseSatisfaction.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction


Bird at Sunrise: Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful

“Gracefulness is a tricky quality — it manifests itself as an effortless, subtle harmony between a subject and its environment….For this week’s challenge, share something that says “graceful” to you”.

It was morning and the bird sat on a thin branch of the privet hedge, eating. Its head went up and down smoothly, as it easily picked the fruit out of the open pods. Oblivious to the sunrise or the clumsy human observer.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful

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350 Words Or Less: The New Year Begins

It is an artificial designation…that one day the old year ends and the next day the new year begins. But it serves a useful purpose in the calendar, Gregorian or otherwise. It provides a moment for reflection on the year past and contemplation of the year to come.p1060663

Where I was for the last sunrise of 2016, the sky was almost cloudless, and the sun came up over the hills with a bright golden glow. I greeted it with Lorna Goodison’s “The Chant of Light” from her poem “Ceremony for the Banishment of the King of Swords” in the collection “Heartease”, part of which reads:

We have light.

Only who gave it

can put it out

We have light

diffusing dark

cancelling doubt…

We have light

You see

We have light.

Sunrise on the first day of 2017 was very different. There was heavy cloud in the sky, and I couldn’t see the sun itself as it rose above the hills, only its light reflected on the clouds.p1060738p1060826

The New Year designation reminds that we have a chance to begin again. Not from scratch. Not with a slate wiped clean. But that we can renew efforts, that we can make different choices, that we can review and set new intentions. (I still remember the voice of the first GPS system I experienced in a car, almost 10 years ago. When you veered from the set route, the GPS voice took a moment to set the new route, all the time saying “Recalibrating….Recalibrating.”) While appreciating the New Year’s opportunity for recalibrating, however, it’s good to remember that this opportunity exists at every point in the year. One of my favourite affirmative statements is: The point of power is always in the present moment.

Happy New Year!


River Sunrise

A windblown leaf chases round and round a chair leg, like a playful mouse. I put a towel on the iron patio chair before sitting down. It is much colder in this Wisconsin river valley than on my roof at home. Mist hangs over the water, as the sun burnishes the riverside trees. As the steam rises from my cup of tea. As I listen to a crow cawing in a leafless tree nearby. The bright yellow down near the river bank is an autumn tree; it reminds me of my garden’s pouis. Sunlight stored in blossoms and leaves spilling out in profusion, drawing my attention. It isn’t home. But it reminds me…there’s sunrise everywhere.p1030951


Did You See The Sky This Morning?!

The sky this morning was unbelievably beautiful!


The old saying is “Red sky at morning, shepherd’s warning!” Well, we may be in for some stormy weather today, if the sky is any indicator…


The  Meteorological Service issued a News Release on Wednesday:


A Surface Trough currently across Jamaica and the central Caribbean is expected to remain for the next three days and interact with a Stationary Front in the vicinity of the Bahamas.

Consequently, Jamaica will experience an increase in showers and thunderstorms which could be heavy at times especially across eastern parishes, tomorrow morning through Saturday.

What they left out of their release was:

Some stunningly beautiful sunrises are in the forecast over the next few days!