Buddha’s Fading Shadow

As the sun sets, visions of a peace offering fade all too quickly …

And the thing is, this happens so fast.

He is offering you a tiny bird’s nest. Crafted by hopeful parents of tangled plastic. Found blown onto my driveway and preserved with gold paint. Did the winged ones wish protective hands had been there to catch the nest? Well, that safety net is not possible all the time, so they must know how to build a stronger heavier nest. Preferably from natural materials rather than man-made. These are the lessons of life.





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An Old Chinese Chest and Its Flawed Complexion

On this Saturday afternoon, I happened to look up and see sunshine streaming through a west-facing window at the right — and very brief — time to illuminate the Chinese chest in our family room …

As you can see, it has many nicks and dings, some better described as gouges! Scratches. Cracks. Wear. All these flaws make me appreciate and adore it even more.

For these flaws are not faults. They’re the result of having had a full life.

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Eight-t-t-teen D-d-d-degrees?! Let’s Warm It Up …

{shiver}

It’s c-c-c-c-cold.

{teeth chatter}

Did it suddenly get really cold in Chicago? Or have I just not gotten out much lately? Well in addition to the first blazing fireplace this winter (sorry I missed shooting that), here are some attempts to warm up our family room …

Candles on an old Chinese trunk used as a coffee table:

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