Winter Flowers

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Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. The bulbs begin pushing through the ground in the heart of winter. Every warm day in January brings the shoots up higher and higher. By the first of February yellow heads are ready to pop open. They are short-lived, but are a hopeful reminder that spring is not far away.

Hardy green shoots

push up through cold winter leaves

Yellow blossoms shine

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Frank asked us to write a Haibun that uses a form of the word heart!

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Shredded Lives

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Sadly, we have another incident of a young man, stopped by the police, ending in tragedy! Dragged out of his car the man was brutally beaten by five police officers. He died three days later in the hospital. The five police officers have been charged with murder. Bodycam video released has once again brought protesters out into the streets calling for justice. It is so sad to see this happen over and over again. When will we learn a better way to deal with our problems.

Another man dies

violently, beaten by cops.

Families’ lives shredded

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Cold Beauty

One of the things Facebook does is remind me of posts on this day from years past. Today I was reminded that in 2017 it was snowing and cold as you can see in the photo below. We sometimes think it is the red male cardinal that is the beautiful bird, but as you see here the female is also stunning!

Female Cardinal

Snow queen’s

gorgeous winter coat

accents winter snow

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Photos; Dwight L. Roth

Shadows Chillin’

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A number of years ago, I had a home repair business. I got a job out in the country north of Rocky Mount. As I drove my 85 Nissan pick-up around the corner off the main road, I saw a little country store. On a fence post near the parking lot was a homemade sign that said, “N0 CHILLIN’ ON THIS CORNER!” This was a colloquial way of saying, No Loitering.” I thought I would bring my camera and take a photo of that sign, but I never did.

In our part of North Carolina, there were lots of little stores, both in the city and in the country, that sold bread and milk, but made their money selling beer, wine, and cigarettes. The guys who worked with me called them “juice stores.” (I gather juice was a euphemism for alcohol.) Smoking and drinking were not uncommon outside these stores.

Winter brings short days

Shadows hang ‘round like “brothers”

Laughing and joking

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Chillin’ outside the juice store

Watching people come and go

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Photo:Dwight L. Roth

2023 One Day at a Time

One of the joys of being retired is that I can choose what I do on a given day. As the new year begins, I spent the afternoon in my garage doing one of my favorite things, creating another musical instrument from whatever I can find. I got a skill-saw case from the Habitat Restore, then found a silver-plated serving tray that had a really good tone to it. I thought it would be the perfect resonator to mount in the saw case lid.

I figure things out as I go and sometimes have to back track and correct the unexpected. But in the end, it usually works. In this case, my neck was not wide enough for six strings, so only used five!

Some say the goal is the end result, others find joy in the journey. I find as much joy in the journey as in the end result, so I take it one day at a time and get finished when I get finished. Hearing those first chords blend together in harmony is very rewarding.

Winter of my life

Enjoy one day at a time

Hear the harmony

Photos; Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Kim asked us to write a Haibun about the way we are starting our new year. Since the weather was unseasonably warm, I spent the afternoon in my garage tinkering! A great way to start the new year!

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Faith… Belief in an Impossible Truth (an opinion piece)

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How do Faith and Truth fit together?”

Every culture has a religious element that believes they have the Truth! We know that this cannot be possible so how do we explain Faith and Religious Truth.

I believe Faith is belief in a seemingly impossible Truth! By this I mean that though we might try to logically explain or defend our beliefs, there are elements that do not fit logic and are totally dependent on Faith. As we enter the Christmas Season this become very evident in our celebrations. The concept of God becoming man through an immaculate conception, the belief that Jesus is the Messiah the savior of the world, the shepherds receiving the birth announcement from an angel choir, the wise men (astrologers) from the East who saw a bright star and followed it to find the baby who was to become King. And then the miracles throughout the life of Jesus, his death, burial and resurrection are all things Christians believe to be their understanding of Truth! Even belief that the Bible itself is the Word of God is based on Faith in a seemingly impossible truth. 

Impossible Truths

Accepted, believed by Faith

Words to live by

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Faith: Belief in an impossible Truth

Love should bind us together

Without Love our Truth really is impossible

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Cologne Cathedral Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

Shared Spirits

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In 2019 we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary by taking a once in a lifetime cruse up the Rhine River. It was a memorable trip that we will treasure forever.  When we arrived back on the ship after touring the Cologne Cathedral, we found our curtains decorated with red hearts and a bottle of sparkling wine left in honor of our anniversary. We decided to take it along to dinner on our last night on the ship and share it with some friends we learned to know.

Fifty Years 

Spirits shared with friends

Several lifetimes of memories

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Punam asked us to write a poem about the way alcohol and spirits are used to celebrate.

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Empty Chairs

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The large hotel across the street from ours had a beautiful patio filled with white tables and chairs. It appeared to be an ideal place for a wedding reception. When we visited Mackinac Island the end of September, the weather was clear and sunny, but the crisp morning air let us know Fall was already here. Although we saw two different wedding parties, none of them chose to have an outdoor reception. It was two weeks away from the shutdown that takes place over the winter with many of the local businesses.

Guests stay warm inside

Cold white tables sit empty

Waiting for snowfall

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Haibun Monday at d’Verse Poets Pub. Linda asked us to write a Haibun that references Autumn.

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Better Than Gold

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This sign was left on my worktable where I volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. The sentiments on it are great, so I hung it up. I have always loved to tinker and fix things. Sometimes people roll their eyes when they see me collecting things that look like they have no use, but when they need something, they come asking and I usually have it. It gives me great pleasure to fix things that others would throw out!

Years of collecting

Pop’s Fix-it Shop is open

No money required

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Cotton Fields

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On my way to work today, I saw the sun shining on the cotton fields and had to stop and take some photos. It won’t be long until the cotton picker will come through and collect the cotton bolls into big rectangular bales. This is quite different from cotton picking by hand two-hundred years ago.  When I see cotton growing it always brings to mind the song, “Cotton Fields,” made popular by country music star, Charley Pride. Synthetic fabrics became a trend during the past century, but nothing matches the feel and comfort of cotton.

Blanket of white cotton

stretches into the distance

Waiting for harvest

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth