Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cathedral Ceilings

If I were more like my sister Solveig, I could tell you this German cathedral's name
 and give you a quick rundown on its history.
 But, alas, my brain doesn't retain. It doesn't inquire. Or register a back story.
It's my heart that requests. An image, please. A photo to save and savor the memory of this space.
 A portal to revisit the emotional power of its soaring ceiling.
 To remember the lines, colors, and shapes of
yet another gateway to heaven.
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It's no wonder cathedral ceilings are adapted for homes.
They feel  better than standard 8' ceilings.
 Volume lets the spirit soar. The imagination's free to fly.
And the crystal lights of chandeliers glitter like the stars!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TABLE GRACE: October Centerpiece

Pumpkins, pure and simple.
White pumpkins...signs of the ghostly season.
A seashell or two.
Asparagus fern that's going to seed.
Roasted pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and white-covered raisins.
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Shafts of late afternoon light shift across the room as the sun goes down.
The table is ready.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birds of Paradise

Upon our return to Florida, we are surprised to see these blooms in our "jungle garden."
I never understood why these flowers are called "birds of paradise" but I think I see it now.
Bluish heads with sharp beaks are showing off their colorful headresses of orange and purple.
I continue to learn from this tropical landscape with its subtle seasonal changes,
glitzy look at Christmas, and easygoing charms.