tremors

everything is in motion right now. eva took the ACT today, which is step one toward leaving home in a couple of years. all the leaves are falling. my husband just realized that his book is going to take another year-plus, instead of another 2 months. that means i will have to spend this winter not finding him agents, but actually deciding what what to do next with my life. it was going to be way easier to find steve an agent.

beech leaves in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • Charmian McLellan says:

    The leaves look like Glimmer!

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  • Dianne says:

    All the best with your decision making!

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  • margie says:

    exciting that he is writing a book and also that you have a choice as what to do next with your life. I find the uncertainty to be a wonderful thing.

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no exceptions

my husband just finished a two day writing seminar. he came back after day one to describe an ice breaking exercise, during which all the people in class were forced to say one interesting thing about themselves. in a group made up of 50 or so very typical and mostly nondescript upper midwesterners, steve came home confirmed in his recent conviction that “everyone is interesting. everyone.” on a related topic, i found these leaves on a lowly little nondescript weed in an unremarkable trail-side thicket. they left me wanting to know more.

lowly weed leaves in late october

sucker lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • margie says:

    i believe everyone has a story to tell and of course in my profession I hear many of those daily. Humans of new york really illustrates this well.

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  • Kendra says:

    I was hopinh you would end this with an interesting fact about yourself!

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nature knows

i have three favorite color pairs: black & white, navy blue and white, and my current crush, yellow and gray. here is what color psychologists have to say about the classic yellow and gray combination: gray is practical, timeless, solid.  yellow is sunshine, laughter, happiness and good times. i’ll take that in a favorite color pair. in fact, i’ll take that in a best friend.

yellow hawthorn leaf on gray wasp nest paper

island lake trail, shoreview, minnesota

  • margie says:

    yellow and grey is one of my favourite combinations too.

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  • And mine as well … add a splash of navy & I love it even more ! Have a great weekend, Mary-Jo & family ! oxox

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you look good in stripes

it was the color of those leaves that caught my attention. but it was the single little striped fruit that kept me interested. like making small talk at a party with someone in a great dress, only to find out they also have a wicked sense of humor.

false solomon’s seal with red fruit in october

rice creek regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

  • it makes me think of a Seuss illustration somehow, the great big stripy leaves, crooked stalk, and the itty-bitty berry…Love it.

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    • So often I think of Dr. Seuss when I am doing STILL blog. He really tapped into something elemental didn’t he?!?

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place holders

sure, these leaves are pretty. and technically they each serve the purpose of identifying a particular species. but their value to me is not their perfect colors or their diagnostic qualities. i picked these up in 24 different places, and i just need to look at each one to remember the location, the time of day, and even the weather. the leaves themselves don’t even exist anymore in many cases. but those places do.

a collection of found autumn leaves

all from minnesota

 

  • margie says:

    i heard on the radio that photographing an event reduces your memory of that event but i experience the opposite. When i look back at photographs it triggers all sorts of memories and details that I might otherwise have forgotten. This is especially true for very old photographs of my childhood.

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    • That’s interesting Margie. For me personally,I think both explanations can be true. If someone is simply snapping photos without much intention or consideration, then the camera is very much a distraction to the actual event. But I rarely take snapshots any more, and usually only take photos when I am being my most present. So, for me, it is the being present that gets burned into my memory. The camera, and photo, are incidental. So, as in most things in life, it all depends on the intentionality you bring to it.

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  • LW says:

    some photos i’d rather forget were taken (you know, the ones of you when you weren’t camera ready…) but i truly love this collection!

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