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WPC: Morning has broken

Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the world Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven Like the first dewfall on the first grass Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden Sprung…

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WPC: details (sectoral heterochromia iridis)

Bright sunshine brings out the details of my sectoral heterochromia iridis (aka my half-n-half eyeball).  It’s a rare mutation that only affects about 1% of the population.  Some say it’s because I ate my twin in the womb.  Others say it’s a sign of royalty.  I’m inclined to believe the latter, so I think I’ll…

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WPC: harmony (twitter)

Dozens of cedar waxwings made a playground in the ornamental crabapple tree outside my kitchen window.  They twittered away in harmony, bouncing from branch to branch, stopping every so often to pick the small, dried fruit.

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WPC: state of mind (hopeful)

Mother Nature continues to hem-and-haw about what season it should be – even though the calendar clearly states that is it February. The past few days, again, have been a mix of sleet, freezing rain, and snow followed by an un-seasonal warm-up. Every creature and plant in this area has been in a state of…

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WPC: Seasons (the thaw)

Mother Nature is in the midst of a serious seasonal identity crisis in my part of the woods.  In the matter of five days, we have experienced a 50+ degree temperature swing, going from -15 degrees below zero, to a balmy 57 degrees and back down to 28 degrees.  The waterfalls on the farm don’t know…

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WPC: Vibrant (robin’s nest)

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops, at all. And sweetest, in the Gale, is heard And sore must be the storm That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land And…

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BRAmageddon

The bra situation has become desperate lately.  Most have lost their powers of containment, and are tenuously hanging on by the last hook and eye.  It was time for the “Try and Find a Bra Without Breaking Down in the Fitting Room” annual marathon. Bra shopping is one of my least favorite activities – it’s…

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WPC: Happy place (among the cows)

I am happy among the cows… In the fields surrounded by the old stone walls… Listening to the calves beller for their mothers… Looking over the mountaintops… Watching the cows silently graze their way across the pasture. Our farm is my happy place.