Blessed Be


I am in a mind to bless.
Blessed be the book, the page, the word, the letter.
Blessed be the great names and the ungreat names.
Blessed be the velvet that is the color of wine, and the wine.
Blessed be the particles in the light.
Blessed be the shoulder and blessed be the burden.
Blessed be the calendar.  Blessed be the clock.
from Kaddish ~ Leon Wieseltier


And blessings to each one of you, who have blessed me in these years.

A blessèd Thanksgiving to us all.


Comments always are welcome.

114 thoughts on “Blessed Be

    1. Enjoy your family, Martha, and all the little things that make a holiday special — including good food and a good appetite! I hope the whole week’s perfect (I think I remember you’ll be there for a week).
      Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks so much, Dor. I suspect you’ll spend part of your day just enjoying the new addition to your family, and congratulating yourself on your good sense in getting her. That’s exactly as it should be.

    1. And thanks for being my ‘science guru,’ Jim. I was going to use one of those other sunrise photos I shared with you, but decided they deserve their own post. There’s a lot to learn; if we couldn’t discuss, we’d certainly be poorer for it.

    1. As Miss Emily once wrote:

      One Day is there of the Series
      Termed Thanksgiving Day;
      Celebrated part at Table
      Part in Memory.

      It is a holiday for gathering and remembering — like every day, actually. Thanks for your greetings, rethy. I wish you could join us.

    1. The photo’s actually part of a series that I’ll share later. I took it in the East Texas woods, in the last hour before I headed home after three days of rain. There’s always a surprise, and always a blessing, and it’s been great fun to share them here; I’m so glad you enjoy them.

    1. The photo’s a reminder of another enchanting life lesson: dawn comes differently in the forest than on the prairie. Every good wish to you for this Thanksgiving Day, Joared.

    1. It’s going to be a simple day, but when the aroma of baking pies fills the house, what’s not to like? I will be with friends — some with two feet, and some with four. I anticipate enjoying a little gentle chaos, and perhaps even some leftovers.

    1. It’s as peaceful as can be just now; apparently, even the mallards have decided to sleep in. I’m glad you found the poem pleasing, and I’m already thankful: the pies turned out perfectly!

    1. Thanks, Gary. I thought of your woods when I posted this photo from the piney woods of east Texas. I can imagine you spending at least a bit of time in them today. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    1. Thank you. Here’s to our day of opening and shutting doors across the country — and here’s to all the wonderful things that are cooking behind those doors. I’m still chuckling at your cleverness.

    1. It’s been such great fun, and I’m certainly glad for your companionship along the way. We’ve been together for many, many years, and I’m grateful for every one of them.

  1. Beautiful thoughts put together is such a beautiful way. We can all find blessings in our lives to be thankful for today and my blogger friends are one of mine. Thanks Linda.

    1. Remember when we used to have those silly discussions about whether ‘blog-friends’ were real friends? For some of us, at least, that’s a question that’s been answered. It looks cold up there, but at least you shouldn’t have any problems on the road. Enjoy the day!

    1. We have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we? There have been changes over the years, but most of them have been good. Enjoy that French roast, and all the delights of the day. (Might there be a homegrown apple pie on the table?)

    1. The feeling’s mutual, Melissa. Perhaps someday you can take me on an exploration of your area — or I can show you mine. Nothing would be more fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all you love.

    1. Thank you, John. There’s room in Wieseltier’s lines for blessings of every sort, including one for that trio of yours. I’m so glad you and your family are able to celebrate with them all this year. Take lots of photos!

    1. What a wonderful Thanksgiving surprise! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your good wishes. I hope all is well, and that blessings abound in your life. A blog friend passed through your (former? current?) town recently, and I thought of you — with a great deal of affection.

    1. As I’ve grown older, my sense of curiosity seems to have grown. I’m glad. Otherwise, how could I have imagined Sir Gawain and the Green Turkey? I mean — one good beheading deserves another, no? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and thanks for all you’ve introduced me to.

      1. Thanks very much. Gawain’s season is upon us. Nearly time for his annual reading. Entertain him well; he has a long journey ahead of him, and a dire confrontation at the end of it!

    1. I’ll pass on the contrition, since I find collective guilt a troublesome concept. That said, I’m grateful for all who have been part of our history, including those whose contributions too often were ignored or denigrated. Even those whose actions and beliefs led to unhappy consequences played their role; we can learn from them, too.

    1. I thought about you when I was reading about those frigid temperatures in your home area. If you bless us with any photos of frozen things, I hope it’s a brook or a plant, and not your fingers and toes.
      Enjoy the day — I hope your flight’s trouble free, and your Thanksgiving wonderful.

    1. It was a lovely day. Now, it’s time to move on. Writing and image-making are good alternatives to the insistent clamor of holiday commercialism, and your curled aster petal was a great bit of encouragement to get out and about again.

  2. Our Thanksgiving is long since past, but it is a gift to be able to revisit this opportunity to be thankful for the gift of friends on this adventure called blogging. Blessings to you Linda!

    1. And to you, Allen. Friendship’s one of the greatest gifts in the world, and one of the best ways to overcome division. Of all the new words I dislike, ‘frenemy’ (a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry) heads the list. Better friends than enemies, say I — and transforming enemies into friends is at the heart of what’s needed to today.

    1. I like to think of trivia as the cranberry sauce on the holiday table — a little tang to counterbalance all that substantial food.I hope your day was as pleasant as mine, and that you had a good bit of that large family around you.

  3. And blessed be all who behaved themselves yesterday. Which was, fortunately, everyone around the table.

    My favorite line in poetry comes from Robert Frost’s Death of the Hired Man
    I can’t think of a better way to sum up everything that needs to be said about hearth, home and family:

    ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
    They have to take you in.’

    1. And blessed be the memory of all those who didn’t behave themselves around the table in the past — especially those whose misbehavior was mostly amusing, and the source of many great tales, told and retold across the years. After all: home’s also the place where they don’t throw you out, even if there’s a time or two that they wouldn’t have let you in.

    1. A sense of gratitude for all that is underlies our day of giving thanks, but it’s too often buried beneath to-do lists and the commercialism that’s even overtaken the day itself. I wanted to find a different way to acknowledge the day; I’m glad you found the beauty in it.

    1. It’s easy to focus on the negative — but so life-affirming (and sometimes life-changing) to focus on the blessings in life. Finding new and creative ways to change focus is such an important task.

    1. Thanksgiving was great — I was blessed by an absence of Brussels sprouts (!!) and the presence of good friends. I suspect you gave thanks for your gardens, too. We who view them from a distance certainly do.

    1. I’m glad you found the pairing a good one, Susan. It was a good Thanksgiving, and a good day after: quiet, peaceful, and spent mostly outdoors, away from the computer and shopping malls.

    1. I’m glad you were able to enjoy a fine holiday. Coincidentally, I heard a conversation on Thanksgiving about the Blessings Ranch near Freer; I’m sure you must know of it. Here’s to a coming season filled with blessings; like gratitude, they’re always available to us.

  4. I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving, Linda. Every day is full of wonderment and mystery. I love that your reflections give me something to ponder on those long days working in the orchard… or on exciting hikes gathering treasures. There is much to be thankful for each and every day.

    1. I did enjoy Thanksgiving. Today, I’m really enjoying the fact that I chose not to go to Kansas City for the holiday, since blizzard warnings have gone up for that area. It would have been fun to experience real snow again, but on the other hand, it might have made getting back to work tomorrow a little difficult.

      In any event, you’re right that there’s something to be thankful for each day, and the world is filled with treasure. I like to think about those treasures, and I’m glad to know that the pondering I do at work gives you something to ponder in the orchard from time to time.

  5. A most happy but belated wish for Thanksgiving, Linda. I’ve had my computer off for about four days now (obviously no writing or designing, but lots of family time). I’ve missed everybody fiercely, but as you reminded me earlier — all work and no play make Debbie a dull girl, ha!

    1. Like you, I backed away from the computer a bit over the Thanksgiving weekend, and it didn’t hurt me at all. I suspect it didn’t hurt you, either, and Domer and Dallas certainly appreciated it. So here we go, into December and all that will bring. Carry on!

    1. As I like to say, there is no late around here. I’m glad you had some real life time (as did most of us, I suspect) and I hope it was completely enjoyable. Now — on to the next big thing!

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