My First Day of Autumn This Year
Autumn is here. Finally.
She came with all the bluster
And might that I craved.
I could hardly keep my coat on
For all of her blowing.
The packages battered against
My body as I walked. Her wind
Strewed branches and needles
On to our cleanly raked lawn
Of yesterday. Rain followed
And it stayed,
Hard and heavy.
Soon it will be cold to match
The color of the sky.
And darkness will slip in after
Everything else has hit us,
Thus beginning this season
Of spectacle and pride.
I am accepting her with gladness,
Not because there is no choice,
But because there is no regret.
And I greet her with as much pleasure
As she has bluster.
Boy, there is really nothing to discuss here except that the changing of the seasons is a beautiful thing. For those of you who do not have four seasons, my sympathies. For those of you who seek warmer weather this time of year, my blessings. But as for me and my family, we stay. We stay and enjoy all that our sacred Earth has to offer. skp
Back to School
Now that it is fall and school has started again in Oregon, I am reminded of the Dr. Seuss books. Weren't they wonderful to read to our children? Or, maybe they were wonderful to read to ourselves! For your listening pleasure, I am including a recording of an old favorite. I do hope that you enjoy it. Happy memories to you. skp
▶ When your heart and reason are at odds, write. Earlene Grey.
Till next time! skp
The Tantalizing Taste of a Woman
With tea what you get for taste
Is what you choose to brew.
If you select premium whole leaves,
Not ground up bits of dust, then you
Will get a richer flavor that
Will tempt you time and time again.
The qualities of a good woman
Are much the same.
It’s the whole woman you
Should consider, not specks of
This and that which can be
Whisked away like spilled leaves on
The counter board.
Choosing a good woman
May take many tastings and much time.
But making the right
Choice will be, oh, so rewarding
When you enjoy cup, after cup
After cup, after cup.
Well, this might be just plain naughty! Depending how you look at life, that is. What's not to like in a good woman? Or a good man for that matter? I think that I will stop here in the discussion section of The Causerie. We want to be appropriate, now don't we? skp
Why Not Try A French Tea?
Many of my readers already know, but for those who do not, we in the Patterson household enjoy our tea. My husband has taken classes in the history and development of tea. I just know how to make a good pot of tea consistently. People often ask me which teas I would recommend. There are so very many good teas available now that only on occasion do I suggest particular tea companies, so as not to leave any one company out. However, I begin to break with tradition. I will from time to time make suggestions for your tea pleasure.
Have you tried French teas? Have you heard of Nina's Paris? Well, my dears, you will. Already very popular in France and Japan, they will soon have stores in the United States. Right now you can enjoy Nina's teas by ordering online. http://www.ninasteastore.com/
Nina's teas are blended with unique and tantalizing flavors. And what choices they have to select from! In addition, Nina's have just been honored to win in the North American Tea Championship 2nd place for their Balade à Shanghai and 3rd place for Thé Des Muses. But you won't want to stop there. Just look online at their other very tempting tea selections.
Nina's began in 1672 when Pierre Diaz created "La Distillerie Frères", which distilled essential oils. For more than 300 years Nina's has had an amazing history filled with a passion for fragrances and aromas. The company now offers a wide range of fine tea blends delicately flavored with pure essential oils. One of Nina's teas, Marie Antoinette, is flavored with apples and roses grown only in the King's Kitchen Garden at Versailles. Gosh! Why not kick up your heels a bit and choose a couple of Nina's marvelous options? Look for the beautiful red tea tins. You will be sipping a cup of France's history!
Coming Soon! Unnoticed Moments!
Susan Patterson's newest book, Unnoticed Moments, will be available this fall. It is a thoughtful and compelling collection of Susan's latest poetry. You will enjoy the new poems that have already received world-wide accolades in one book. Priced at $10.00, this special book will be available at www.EarleneGrey.com
▶ Tea is to the body as music is to the soul. Earlene Grey
À bientôt! skp
The Unlikely Match
She needed an equal.
The one she had wasn’t working.
So, the harness loosened and
A new one came along.
She strove to be his.
He grew to be hers.
They matured at uneven paces,
Learning the important
To keep the balance;
Waiting for the other
To catch up or to slow down;
Not always understanding the what,
Or the how, but willing to
See the through.
They’re equals now, together
At the same time.
Each taking his turn at the lead.
Each watching the other with care.
Satisfied with the yoke that has no load.
When I was growing up in the shadow of a somewhat conservative church, we were taught that to become unevenly yoked was dangerous. What the church teaching meant was that a person should not marry someone who is not like him or her. Well, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't.
Regardless, whether one is yoked with another person, a business, a life style or any other sort of relationship, the yoke that has no load is certainly due considerable appreciation. skp
▶ A woman's strength is in the balance in her life. A man's strength is in the woman in his life. Earlene Grey
Autumn begins next week! Happy days to you. skp
The Moment That We Are
It will all be a distant memory,
All that we have and all that we see.
It will be part of the real that is gone,
Yet, part of the fondness that we own.
This here and now will not be lost,
But kept within the lives of the perpetual.
There will be no pain about it, no fear.
Only the exhale of a life gone by and
The inhale of a forever now.
My husband, James, and I are on a little vacation. We are in Alberta, Canada enjoying, in my opinion, the best mountain scenery in the world. But we came here for tea. Yep. So we hiked 2.25 miles, one way, up to the Lake Agnes Tea House, at the 7005 foot level. There we enjoyed a lovely tea with traveling companions, Harold and Jolyn Plough.
This part of the world offers the most breathtaking landscape I have ever seen. Created millions of years ago, the mountains look like they only recently jutted up. But they will be here for another million years and hopefully I be somewhere as well, breathing in the beauty of a forever now.
Maybe that time is now and I just don't recognize it. Maybe heaven is really where we search and find it. skp
Be in the moment. skp
Heritage: Men From an Unknown Memory
I’ve seen pictures of them,
The men of my family.
Though I’ve never met most, they are part
Of me. I am their resolve.
My men were strong and solid.
They swaggered a little.
They tilted their hats to one side
And leaned against trucks.
They laughed and dreamed. Some
Were reckless to the point of sin.
They held themselves upright,
Though life would blow to bow them down.
Proud of their ability and construct,
They worked with wood and
With machines, with tools and with dirt.
Insightful craftsmen and engineers.
I know their structures.
Silent musicians of my past.
I hear their songs.
Before I was born.
My men gave me life and strength.
Before I was born,
I accepted their endowments,
Both good and bad,
Fine and faulty.
Forming my life with their
I am their labor.
I wrote this poem about an old picture which I now carry in my wallet. It is a picture of average working men, probably in the 1920's. I don't know who they are...maybe a grandfather and uncle. It doesn't matter. I know that I am from their stock. It is important to appreciate what has been done for us by those we may have never met. We all figuratively stand on the shoulders of our parents, grandparents, and further back. We are fortunate to do so. It's the way it works. skp
Coming Soon For You!
My new book, Unnoticed Moments is coming out soon. YAY! This new treasure will contain all of your favorite poems from the last several years. You are sure to love it!
So sorry tea lovers, no tea poems. skp
▶To determine one's purpose in life is to determine the Divine.
À bientôt! skp
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Susan Patterson is a published author of three books of poetry and a book of memoirs. She is heard regularly on RKWP podcast-radio. She also speaks at private and public events. Find out more at the website below.
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