Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Fall Song

Golden and red trees
Nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, "Winter is near;"
And the brown nuts fall
At the wind's loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Good-by, sweet flowers!
Through bright Summer hours
You have filled our hearts with cheer
We shall miss you so, 
And yet you must go,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Now the days grow cold,
As the year grows old,
And the meadows are brown and sere; 
Brave robin redbreast 
Has gone from his nest,
For this is the Fall of the year.

I do softly pray
At the close of day,
That the little children, so dear,
May as purely grow
As the fleecy snow
That follows the Fall of the year.

by Ellen Robena Field

I came across some writings by the above author not too long ago and immediately fell in love. Ellen basically wrote for poems and stories for children using nature as a metaphor for life, death, growth, and change to help them learn about life through simple and magical ways.  First published in 1894, Ellen's 'Buttercup Gold and Other Stories' is still endearing to children today, including those of us who find ourselves going through their second childhood.   Hey, there is nothing wrong to adding a little magic to one's life, no matter how old they are.  

Wendy, the courses I found are online.  The only problem is they are on Facebook, and I was really kind of afraid of it, but I joined it and only put the barest of info about myself.  I didn't even tell my sons that I have it because I am afraid they will give it out to some old acquaintances that I have no interest in, not meaning to, but reporting that mom has finally caught up with the technological age. And, besides, what they don't know can't hurt them.  Mom can always check up on what they are doing.  Because grown men that they may be, to us moms, they will always be our little boys.


  1. Glad you found neat courses.

    Hope you put FALSE info. on Facebook. Another name, another zip code, another this, another that...

    And guess what? Why do we still feel the need, to give reasons for what we like, what we prefer, what we enjoy reading, etc., etc., etc.?

    WHY???? -sighhhhh- How long do we have to live, to give ourselves permission, to not give reasons???? All we need, is to enjoy something. If anyone doesn't like it, they can lump it. Let's not keep giving *our reasons,* to make THEM be more, in agreement.

    Ooops, soap box time there. :-)))))


  2. I totally understand about wanting the privacy on FB for both personal reasons and safety. I think it's pretty great that you joined the groups anyways. Good for you@ and being that I have a grown son I can understand the desire for discretion.

  3. You can control who sees what information on FB through the privacy and security settings. It's not perfect but it's pretty good. You also can block people/groups.

    I love FB for many reasons, but I'm pretty cautious about what is out there and who sees it. And I don't accept all 'friends requests' either.

    It's like anything else: be cautious and judicious about what you do, and you should be fine! The course sounds so interesting!