Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#286: Preserver of Man and Beast

Have you ever gotten into a situation
where you think, 
"How did I get here, and now what do I do?"
This happens to me more than I like. 

It seems like an adventure from the ground.

But then where do I go?

And how do I get down?

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies,
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Your justice like the great deep,
O Lord, you preserve both man and beast.


Monday, November 28, 2011

#285: Surfside Beach, Nantucket

To love Surfside beach in the summer
is to love family times, tumbling in the surf,
riding the waves, soaking up the sun:
OK, maybe not always the sun.
Even the foggiest days were beach days!

To love Surfside in the off-season
is to love solitude, 
an empty beach,

and the early morning sun.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

#284: Nantucket Tabletop

Summer is past,
 the garden's bounty preserved. 
Beans are dried,
pumpkins stored in the basement.
Except for these:
Jacob's Cattle Beans and Pie Pumpkin.

Thank you, Lord, for fruit and fun.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

#283: Thanksgiving, still

Here's my kitchen:
Yes, I am thankful! 
Plenty of dishes because we feasted.
Our garden's harvest plus a locally grown turkey.

All my kids, sorry, young adults, home,
even my grandson.
No dishwasher means we can share the work.

And if I get up early enough,
I can sneak away to the winter beach,
and watch this little guy chase seagulls.
'Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His mercy endures forever.'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#282: Sermon Haiku #20: 2 Timothy 3:10-4:8

The doorknob statement
hand on exit, essential
summary of hopes
What's your life mission?
Paul's was to finish well
Accomplishing what?

To fight the good fight
To endure whatever came
Proclaiming the faith

Trials, pain, suffering
God's means of refining us
Learning to trust grace

No matter what comes
Don't get away from Scripture
Hold tight to the Word.
The King is coming.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

#281: Photogenic Breakfast

My usual breakfast is oatmeal.
Oatmeal does not fit in with my 
'appreciation of God's beauty' theme.
The actual grain is lovely but not the breakfast goo.
Here's my photogenic morning:
Gather eggs from under this russett hen.
Her nesting box used to be a speaker cabinet.
Wash and display eggs.
Beauty is food for the soul.
Use eggs to make waffles with the waffler,
being careful not to overfill lest the stove require cleaning.
There's no beauty in a sticky stove.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

#280: Perfect Pasta

My Sous Chef is teaching his sister
to make pasta.
Start with a pile of semolina,
crack two eggs into a well in the middle,
mix with your hands until you have a stiff dough,
then roll a ball of dough through the pasta press:
And again, until it's thin and smooth...
And as long as a proper beard:
Once more through for slicing:
Add to boiling, salted water for a minute.
And dinner's ready.
We're fond of topping with grated parmesan, chopped herbs
and veggies.
And a cabernet sauvignon to toast,
hence the corkscrew.
Enjoying God's good gifts of food and fellowship,
with thanks.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

#279: Hall of the whale

Newsweek recently published its annual list of 
America's top 500 high schools.
Nantucket High School is not on it.
With just over 400 students we'll never be able to
offer all the AP courses needed to make the list.
We do, however, have something those top 500 schools
are all missing:
Look closer:

Can you tell?

 It's a whale skeleton.

Yes, our scholars walk daily under a grinning
reminder of the gruesome, dangerous
lives their ancestors lived.
Our own son, Tobias, is named after
the first of the Nantucket Gliddens,
lost at sea on a whaling voyage.

So study hard, young Whalers,
your lives are a breeze compared to what went before.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#278: Nantucket Sign

Dirt roads have the best signs.
Folks feel free to write whatever they like.
 Dr. Lepore's kids once
had a Lemonade 25 cents sign
 on their tree in the front yard on Mill Hill.
And he put a sign underneath that said:
Appendectomies $25.
Here's one I saw the other day on
Hawthorne Lane:
Would that be 'No Littering'
'No Drinking'?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#277: Underground bliss

Honest, don't you love onions?

They're beautiful:
They're yummy both caramelized and raw.
And they're fun to braid.
Need to work on my braiding...

Monday, November 14, 2011

#276: Hanging spoons from your face...

It might just be us, but hanging spoons
from our faces is a definite Nantucket winter activity
in this house.
First, get the spoon damp.

Apply a slight downward pressure.

Too much!


Oh yeah, then make a funny face.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

#275: Everyday Wonders

Day before yesterday we had
a full, double rainbow over the island.
I was just leaving work and there it was.
I called home to tell the kids and they
went out on the roof for the best view.
Rainbows lift you right up, don't they?
Anyway, as I didn't have my camera on me,  
Click Here for Dr. Hinson's picture of the rainbow.
You don't have to wait for a rainbow 
to wonder at beauty,
grass has its charms.
As do the tiniest asters,
And red sumac against the sky.

Friday, November 11, 2011

#274: Wandering the Middle Moors

The moors are lonely any time of year
but especially so in the fall.
Acres of plants go into dormancy in a blaze of russet.

The donut pond reflects a clear sky.
Not even a bird breaks the stillness.

If you listen, you can hear God's love song.

If you look, you can see evidence
of other wanderers,
saying 'hello' and 'isn't it lovely?'.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

#273: Daylight Savings Time

The early light calls me outside.
The summer garden is put to rest:
Winter rye blankets the beds

Kale still grows

The pear tree rests

And the clothesline
The light of winter's sun glows warm.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

#272: Sermon Haiku 19: Colossians 1

Am I 'in Christ' or
spectating at the God Show?
Who am I, really?

No matter my name
When I was dead in my sin
God brought me to life.

God's fullness invades
An empty and shadowed world
Light shines in darkness.

Now what should I do?
Overcome evil with good.
How do I do that?

Stay tight with Jesus
Be just. Love mercy. Spill joy.
Walk humbly with God.
Plant, harvest, weep, laugh
Live for God with all my heart
on Nantucket, in Christ.

Monday, November 7, 2011

#271: Wannacomet Water Company

One delightful aspect of living in a small town
is that you can make a difference.
My husband runs marathons.
For his training runs I'd drop off water bottles 
in various caches around the island;
such as at this stop sign,
half-way back from Sconset on the Milestone Road.

The Sconset/Polpis Loop is a favorite
among both bikers and runners.
So, David asked Bob Gardner,
of the Wannacomet Water Company
to put in a water fountain.
And they did.
I love living on Nantucket.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

#270: Earthbound Birds-Nantucket Harbor

Riding my bike into town along
Washington Street I came across these birds:
hanging out in a park by the water

 looking as if they were ready to fly

 bound to the earth by metal frames.

Nice work. Thank you, Nantz.
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