CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 13, 2010

Jennie

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

JENNIE

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     I sat in my “summer office” (a window-lined porch) on the cooler spring days, but on the warmer days I sat on my patio under a hemlock tree, writing. Either spot put me in view of nature’s spring glory.

     I watched as birds investigated and chose three of my four birdhouses for their nests. I saw my first Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, the first cardinal pair, the first bluebird, and numerous robins, those harbingers of spring’s arrival. I came across the following piece written by my mother, who died January 3, 1998.

JENNIE

     She is dull in appearance, brown-speckled front and a rather nondescript color to her back and wings but she sits on her porch with bright, alert eyes, cocking her head, peering into the breakfast room.

     She is always the first to arrive and the last to leave. She is also the bravest. We call her Jennie.

     Jennie calls to the others and soon (more…)

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April 4, 2010

Easter and Spring are Happening

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

EASTER AND SPRING ARE HAPPENING

     Today is Easter. Hallelulah!

     A day of rejoicing for Christians, who celebrate the occasion of Jesus’ rising from the grave, emerging gloriously triumphant.

     It’s also the beginning of April 4, 2010. After a wild winter of record-breaking snowfalls, the past week emerged with gloriously warm weather—with temperatures up to eighty degrees. As the snowdrops and crocus fade, spring yellows predominate—the yellow-headed colts’ feet proliferating, the daffodils holding up their heads proudly, and the forsythia bushes loaded with yellow blossoms.

     Melanie, my holiday houseguest, and I strolled through my home community, Laurel Mountain Borough (PA), yesterday afternoon. I became reacquainted with residents I hadn’t seen since last fall. Sue filled in details about a resident in harm’s way, while Melanie provided loving attention to a black and brown tiger marked cat. We stopped at another resident’s home to learn more about this resident, but no one was at home.

     Ann was in her yard with her daughter, Sue, and Sue’s dog Bonnie. I felt good that Ann couldn’t recall (more…)

April 28, 2009

Spring…the joy and pathos of the…DANDELION

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SPRING…the JOY and the PATHOS of the…DANDELION

 

     It’s truly spring. The sprouting signs would declare the season even if we lacked calendars. In Westmoreland County (PA) the high 80s and low 90s temperature on April 24-25, 2009, were perfect for the Ryan and Sarah Adamosky Rumbaugh’s wedding. In addition to being a friend of the family, I was the ceremony photographer.

     Signs other than the temperature indicate we are experiencing spring. The pear tree (more…)

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