This morning I saw that the bumblebees were enjoying my mint tea that has gone to seed. Like many other things, when summer comes it grows flower tops and makes seeds. I was planning to cut it back in hopes of getting more fresh green stalks, but I put it off and now it is food for the bumblebees!
Mint flowers’ summer blossoms
Drinking Sweet Mint Tea
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Photos: Dwight L. Roth
We visited the town of Colmar on one of our last stops on our Rhine River Cruise. The French town of Colmar goes back to Medieval times. The old part of town has kept a lot of the old buildings and architecture with modern buildings mixed in as well. We took a tram ride through the town and got a quick but informative tour. The town square has huge shady trees that must be over a hundred years old. It was a very unique place to visit.
Colmar // ancient town
Mixing old styles with the new
`Storks nest on the roof
Photos of Colmar, France: Dwight L. Roth
The past few weeks have brought the Black Lives Matter issue to a head with the deaths of black men at the hands of white Police Officers. I believe that Black Lives Matter, and I think what happened is inexcusable and should never have taken place. The TV News Media and the Press have had feeding frenzy over all that has happened, which I believe stirred up the racial tension even more.
It seems everyone focuses on the end result of the incidents, and little attention is given to what led up to them. In many of the cases, when persons were confronted by police, the situation escalated when the victim began arguing, refusing to do what was asked of them. In some cases, the victims actually physically confronted the police officer. As a result, things ended up very badly for all involved.
If they had co-operated, I believe, most of them would be alive today.
Someone once said, “You can be right and still be wrong!” I believe this is one of those times.
Too many lives lost
Respect needed on both sides
Co-operation is a Survival Skill!
Painting: Dwight L. Roth
Our Cruise Ship, Viking Alruna, stopped for a morning tour of Strasbourg, France. It was the hottest week of the summer in June 2019, with temperatures well into the 90s F. As long as we stayed in the shady areas it was very pleasant. These are some of the street shots I took while we were sightseeing!
So little time
So much to see
On a hot summer day
Photos of Strasbourg, France: Dwight L. Roth
I am always amazed at how long parents keep feeding their young long after they seem to be grown. I have seen both House Finches and Cardinals feeding their immature babies that look grown.
Juvenile House Finch
Still begs parent to feed him
Plenty within reach
Just like some of ours who sit…
waiting // the check’s in the mail
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
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In June of 2007, my two sons and I drove from North Carolina and Virginia to visit my mom in Eastern Pennsylvania. She was celebrating her 93rd, and last birthday. She passed away in August of that year. It was a wonderful visit. She was so happy to see her grandsons, and the love was felt all around. Though our visit was short, it was a very meaningful time for all of us.
My mother’s love shared
Summer’s most shining moment ,,,
August she was gone
Photo: Chris Roth
Photo: Don Ziegler
Lillian at d’Verse, asked us to think about our most shining moment. She referred to the end of March Madness when they shoe clips of the most shinning moments of the tournament! Our assignment was to write a Haibun of prose, followed by a traditional Haiku, describing our most shining moment. There are several that I could have chosen, such as our wedding, births of our boys, our 50th, etc. , but I decided to choose my last visit with my mother.
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