Friday, September 30, 2011

#243: Nantucket Fog

In the morning fog on Nantucket
 the canna lilies fade:

The spider webs glow:

And Jesus speaks in the hush:

Listen.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#242: Juice Bar

Do Summer Folk wonder about the Juice Bar
in the winter?
Well, it's not quite winter but this is what it looks like now:
Yes, that's the Juice Bar with no line!

It was crowded inside tho'.
Even in late September, on a Monday night,
the excellence of their ice cream keeps them busy.

OK

Do you want to know what we got?
 Mango sherbet, rum raisin and
pumpkin pie spice and chocolate oreo and
chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream.
Some on waffle cones.

I didn't get anything but begged a lick of everyone else's.
Ice cream only has calories if it's your own.
I hope.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#241: Birthday Dude

Birthdays can be traumatic after fifty.
 Not so much if you're keeping in shape:
Climbing

Playing (with a snake!)

Building 

And most of all, running.

It's a blessing to be married to a guy who takes steps
to stick around for a few more birthdays.

Happy Birthday, David.

Monday, September 26, 2011

#240: Sermon Haiku 16: Acts 6-8

Grand story of God
Jesus promised, lived, died. Rose.
Holy Spirit came.

Great wonders and signs.
Some people didn't like it
Arguments ensued.

Stephen, God's servant,
Responds to accusations
with grace and power

A paraphrase:
Why are you so bull-headed?
Hard-hearts condemn you.

They were furious
Stephen saw his Jesus stand,
It's time to come home.

While the mob threw stones
Stephen prayed, 'Hold them blameless.'
Falling to his knees.

What good came of death?
Anger tried to crush the Truth,
Instead, it spread out.

Saul of Tarsus raged
When things go wrong, remember
The Damascus Road.
Who are you, Lord?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

#239: Moving Planet, Moving Island

Moving Planet/Moving Island was Nantucket's chance 
to join with people all over the world in 
addressing overuse of fossil fuels.
Islands are especially concerned about global warming as,
well, we're surrounded by rising oceans.
So we all biked out to Small Friends preschool
to weed their garden,

Make seedballs (local clay mixed with winter rye plus
red and green clover),

 then tossed them in to reseed.

A couple rows of turnips and beets 
left the children's garden planted for the fall:

15 of us then biked to various island farms:

Where our local farmers showed us ways they're
growing food sustainably.

All in all, a productive day. 
We had borscht for dinner from our own garden:

I slept like a baby after all that biking.
And learned that I don't need a car to get around Nantucket.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

#238: What Giant Pumpkins are Good For

Sitting and listening to the music.

Inspiring the Future Farmers of America

Practice Bronco Busting
Don't fall!

Friday, September 23, 2011

#237: Giant Pumpkins

We haven't grown an Atlantic Giant pumpkin for a few years.
They take up too much room in a garden we need
 for food and flowers.
They are, however, an essential element of the County Fair.
What is it about giant vegetables that's so thrilling?

Ray Owen's , the one to beat. 543 lbs.
He wins almost every year.

Not this year:
Marcus Goulding's--662 lbs.

And the thumbs up pumpkin of 2011,
grown by Matt Avery, 736 lbs.
A Nantucket County Fair Record!

Oh, the joys of small town life.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

#236: Scarecrows

We had scarecrows or, as they call them
in Scotland, TattieBogals, at the fair.
Here they are:








Just dance.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

#235: Sermon Haiku 15-Acts 2:1-21

Bounced around by life
Disciples knew what that's like
Triumphal entry

Betrayal, arrest
Cruel death of their Messiah
then, Resurrection

Jesus' instructions
Wait for the Holy Spirit
Together, praying

Suddenly, a sound
Wind roaring down from heaven
Tongues of fire, resting

Holy Spirit came.
Filling His people to speak
The wonders of God.

Are we still speaking?
Runners get a second wind,
Can we have one too?

Burst of energy
Heat from the not-burning bush
Indwelling Spirit.

God's people on fire
Calling the uncomforted
Come in from the cold

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#234: Nantucket Boy Scouts

As our County Fair lasts two days, 
 someone has to stay overnight to care for the livestock.
And keep an eye on some of them.
Who, me?

On Nantucket, the Boy Scouts camp out:
How's that for a campground!


Six tidy tents.
They build a rope bridge too:

Cautious courage.

We won't let you fall.
Mom and Dad at the end,
 ready to catch and hug.

Monday, September 19, 2011

#233: Blue Ribbon Birds

Here they are:

 Kitty and Lydia,
named after the flighty sisters in Pride and Prejudice.
 You can see them,

But they can't see you.
A bit of whimsy from the mind of God.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

#232: Nantucket County Fair

Yay! It's the Fair!
Nantucket County Fair is the first time we get to see
all the locals together again after the summer.
This is just setting up:
 Four guys, ready to transfer pumpkins 
 Heave, ho!
And there she is, a beauty.

 Our entries in the Vegetable category.

And poultry.
I'll show you all our ribbons tomorrow.
First worship, then off to the fair!
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