No U-turns

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On the road today, we are traveling to meet old friends. This is our first vacation since Covid started. As we traveled North to Ohio, the mountains in West Virginia were gorgeous.  but when we crossed the Ohio River, the clouds were spectacular. At my age, getting together with old friends is so important. Better to do it now rather than waiting for a memorial service in the future.

Life moves on

Seasons keep changing

No U-turns

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, guest host Xenia Tran asked us to write a Haibun about a special September moment. Today was a gorgeous Fall Day to be traveling.

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Shelter or Seed Pod

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I am always amazed when I see mushrooms spring up in the grass. These three sisters look like they are made of porcelain, but they are so fragile. Under those sheltering domes are pockets full of spores that will be dropped at just the right time. As the mushrooms dry out the pods open and drop their spores. They will lie there in the dirt until once again the right temperature, moisture, and heat will make them grow and as the cycle of life continues.

Fragile domes shelter

new life after summer rain

Nature’s fancy art


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’verse Mish asked us to write a haibun using the word shelter. I decided to try something a bit different with this one. They look almost good enough to eat!

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Strike a Match

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Sixty-three years ago, I bought my first new bicycle from Workman’s Bicycle Shop. It was black with chrome fenders. I was taking on a paper delivery route that covered a two-mile area, so I needed a good bike. The Workmans were friends of my family, so it was good to get one from them. It wasn’t actually brand new but felt new to me. The Workmans collected old bike and frames and refurbished them. New chrome fenders made them look brand new. 

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Matchbooks strike memories

Chrome fenders and Newspapers

John Workman’s Bike Shop

I found these matchbooks in my garage, and it took me back to the age of twelve. Most of them were collected since then. In a day when many people smoked, matchbook covers were a good way to advertise their businesses. Some of these came from Habitat Restore where I volunteer.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Burning Fall

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There was a time in the fall of the year when leaves were raked into a ditch and burned. The rising smoke snaked its way through the neighborhood burning eyes for some and tickling nostrils. For me, the sweet smell of burning leaves is synonymous with Fall.

Folks living in the country burned their leaves year after year. Sometimes those leaf piles burned into the evening shadows. They would take a ghostly stance and watch with a rake in hand as the pile got smaller and smaller. In time everything turned to ash. No one gave a thought about polluting the air. The evening wind carried the smoke away blending it into the other scents of Fall. It mixed with the smell of oak wood burning in woodstoves throughout the neighborhood.

Smoke from burning leaves

Mingles with the cool night air

Sweet smell of Autumn


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, guest host Jo asked us to write a poem of scents. They are those smells around us that tickle our senses and trigger memories and emotions. I chose to write about memories of fall leaf burning.

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Unexpected Moments

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Unexpected Moments

What a difference a week makes. Last Friday this time I was sitting in a consultation room at the hospital waiting for news regarding an emergency Cardiac Catheterization that was being done on my wife. She had heart attack symptoms earlier in the afternoon, so I took her to the ER. They said something was definitely happening and they needed to transport her to the heart center. We were somewhat surprised when they said it would be by helicopter!

The doctor found one almost totally blocked artery, and while he was in there, he put in a stent and opened it up completely. I was surprised to hear that the catheterization was done through her right arm. She was admitted overnight and sent home the next day! She is tired but doing well. What an unexpected shock. We had no idea that this artery was closing up. We are thankful this was only one of life’s close calls.

Life throws a curve ball

Heart’s blocked artery needs stent

Discharged the next day


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

August 28th… Now, a little more than two weeks later she is recovering and doing very well. She will be starting cardiac rehab this coming week. Thank you for all your kind concerns and prayers. We are very thankful for this wonderful outcome.

Houses in Bloom

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One of the most beautiful spots we visited on our anniversary trip up the Rhine was the Medieval town of Colmar. It is located in the Alsace region of France. The old part of town is maintained much like it was hundreds of years ago. The thing that struck me was all the beautiful flowers that were in every window of the houses along the canal. The quaint houses and brick streets made an interesting contrast to the beautiful flower boxes in the windows.

Flower boxes bloom

Filled with bright summer blossoms

Tourists snap photos

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Posting for open link night at d’Verse poets pub.

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Food, Family, Intimacy

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In the winter of 2019, we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was a great time of food, fun, and most of all family. This was just before the covid pandemic, so all of our children and grandchildren were able to come from near and far.

We shared a great meal at our local O’Charley’s restaurant and enjoyed great conversations. It is so much more rewarding to go out to eat when joined by family. I guess this is where the term breaking bread together comes from. Back when everyone broke pieces off of a large loaf of bread and used it to eat their food, eating was an intimate connection.

Breaking bread

Intimate expressions shared

Family connections

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril remembers her father who would be 103 if he were still living. She shared his love for celebrating with his family at his favorite restaurants. She asked us to write about a favorite restaurant and why it is important to us.

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Today I worked on a lawnmower that would not run for a neighbor in our development. Some of you will recognize this as the carburetor bowl. As you can see it has dirt and sediments is mixed in with the gas. When the gas gets sucked through the carburetor to the cylinder those sediments clog up the jets and keep the gas from flowing, stalling out engine. Once the carburetor was cleaned and the gas tank drained, I added new gas and the engine started right up.

Summer lawns grow fast

Sediments keep mower stalled

Clean carb lets it run


Distractions in life

Often stall relationships

Clean out sediments

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Summer Butterflies

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I just could not help myself today, when I saw these beautiful butterflies on my Zinnias. I kept shooting and shooting. and they stayed around flitting from flower to flower, poetry in motion! With my 200mm zoom, I was able to focus all the way in on them. These are some of the most beautiful butterflies I have seen!

Beauty flits lightly

from yellow to red buffet

Basking in sunshine

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth