Monday, May 26, 2014

Miscellany for Memorial Weekend

Miscellaneous sharing on this Memorial Day weekend:

1) Today's Erie Times News article on tourism had this fact, "With annual attendance of about 3.7 million, Presque Isle welcomes more visitors than Yellowstone National Park." And this weekend will do that statistic no harm as we have three beautiful, warm, sunny days. Presque Isle will be packed;

2) One sister saw our first fawn of the year on Thursday and what did it do Saturday afternoon? Appeared at lunch for many others to see--WOW;

3) Our fourth group of Methodist ministers is here for their study days. This time they had 2-3 Asian ministers with them. They seem to like our accommodations so much they keep bringing group after group;

4) A new addition to our long patio that both the community room and dining room open onto: flower boxes attached to the railing. Beautiful addition bringing spring flowers closer than in the gardens;

5) I attended my first ever writing "course" recently and one session was on haiku writing--the traditional 5-7-5 syllable ones and the modern ones, which don't count the syllables as strictly. Since haikus are often about nature we began with a 15-minute walk around our Glinodo property, staying aware of any subject matter for our writing. I saw my first Jack-in-the-pulpit and this came forth:

Reverend John is preaching
but I much prefer

Our morning hymn, "How Beautiful" by Miriam Therese Winter.

Verse 2:
Indigenous and immigrant, our daughters and our sons:
O may we never rest content till all are truly one.
America! America! God grant that we may be
a sisterhood and brotherhood from sea to shining sea.