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Saturday, October 14, 2017
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As the years go by and I face my old age, the autumn seasons become an almost emotional experience for me. I can no longer look past the shortening days, the growing dark of night, the cooler air, the gusty winds, and the falling leaves from the trees. I now take note of every flower that might still be in bloom, no matter how limp or scrawny, since it might be the last flower for the season. As such, I got my camera out the other day to record this brave morning glory flower rising above the yellowing, dying vines below it.

I heard on the radio that Bruce Springsteen just celebrated his 68th birthday. Even though he’s still famous, and right now he is appearing 5 nights a week on Broadway (i.e., his sold-out play “Springsteen on Broadway“), he had some bittersweet, autumn-like reflections about his own about mortality. “It’s the one thing I miss about growing older,” he said. “I miss the beauty of that blank page and the endless possibilities.”

Yea, Bruce, I know what you mean. But hey — it’s not like the beauty is all gone forever. I’m gonna go Buddha on Bruce and offer this autumn flower to him (and to everyone who feels this way — which must be a whole lot of people, since Bruce still seems to be considered the spokesperson for his generation, at least the working class portion of it). The blank page may be closing, but . . . the flowers will still bloom, in their own good time.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 1:38 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, The lone flower is beautiful! Worthy of its own picture.
    However, I’d consider that you still have about 15 or 20 years to go yet, which can be a whole lifetime of a new approach to life.
    As I see the 15 or 20 years (and did when I was in my sixties), why not concentrate on giving some tho’t to making the next 15 or 20 years (maybe more) worthwhile and productive. You’ve got a long way ahead of yourself yet. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — October 15, 2017 @ 9:40 am

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