Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays to All!

There is a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us.


"Christmas Traditions of Joy,

both big and small
so precious from the start,
are moments to recall
and treasure in the heart


photos: _rRose

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yule Moon

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon - December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year._farmers almanac

December Moon - Night Fire Moon: Nuupapana


December's great path of the moon is suffering.
Out of suffering comes compassion for people we never noticed before, the ones in a crowd whose eyes we cannot meet. Out of suffering comes appreciation of what ws overlooked before: a sunset, a dawn, a butterfly, the delicate movement of light on a wall. How long does anything last?

What is the nature of your suffering? Illness or accident? Something you did not do right? It is too late for regret. If the stones of suffering are too heavy, drop them. If pain is unbearable, imagine another world of white light. Pink blossoms. A gently flowing stream. Music. The laughter of children. Make yourself live in this imaginary place until the pain moves on.

There is a reason for your suffering. Pain is part of the lesson. Tell it to scour your heart. Pain is a way to acquire new eyes and ears. To be quiet when you have always spoken. To take a journey when you'd rather stay at home. To do with your hands one thing that you are really proud ofl. Pain will make it beautiful. Pain makes reality possible.

The day is a gift. Do not waste a single moment. Hold snow in your hand until it melts. Notice the color of the sky. Listen to the wind. Watch a bird flying south. Smell winter on the wind. Suffering is the transformation of the self into a sharper, clearer world. There, loving kindness begins._wood

dec. full long nights moon
moon clouds
photos: _rRose

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Rest, and be thankful - _Wordsworth
- Happy Thanksgiving to all - _rRose

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bloggers Community Photo Challenge - Autumn

Our Blogger's November challenge is AUTUMN!
So go out & find some color & show us your autumn shot.

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
_Elizabeth Lawrence

photos: new river gorge national river park - southern wv looking north - _rRose

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bloggers Community Photo Challenge - Change

"Our first challenge on our new blog is CHANGE, it was suggested by Rob. Vicki & I thought it was perfect for our move here."

Rob wrote: "CHANGE, could signify everything from the change of seasons to political change to the change in your pocket - an open-ended theme which could hopefully inspire some creativity."


Change is a measure of time and,
in the

time seems speeded up.

What was is not and never again will be;

what is is change."

_Edwin Way Teale

photo - new river gorge national river park north - wv -autumn change beginnings - _rRose

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Round Robin Challenge - The End of Summer

Please Check > Linking Lists and great posts @RRC^^^

>The end of summer is ending gardens, not having fresh tomatoes and other vegetables everyday and the rose garden is fading away. _rRose


- Italian yellow pear/roma tomatoes in basket -

- large orange tomato on fading vine -

- end of summer pink peace roses -

- last day of summer across wv mountains - 2008 -



When summer gathers up her robes of glory,

And, like a dream, glides away.

_Sarah Helen Whitman

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Every leaf speaks

bliss to me,

fluttering from the

autumn tree.

_e. bronte

Hello October

"In the right light at the right time, everything is extraordinary"

- antique chestnut rail fence at my farm - wv - _rRose