Autumn’s Treasure: Final Tree Poem for Fall

As the leaves fall to the ground and the last of the colored leaves cling to their branches, I took some photos and wrote this poem that I will add to my growing collection of fall rhymes.

Autumn’s Treasure

Early soft-lit sunshine, low in the autumn morn

Glistens on the falling leaves, beautifully worn.

Autumn: a time for change in nature’s book,

Enjoy the season’s treasures; Fall has a flaming look.

As Earth turns on its axis, tilting from the sun,

The leaves are gently falling, one by one by one.

Deep green chlorophyll ceases to be seen;

Leaves are red & gold, without the stronger green.

The time has come for trees to rest before a winter storm,

While hopefully we are tucked inside, safe and ever-warm.

Instead of mourning this time of leaves daily dying,

Honor this cycle of life — no need for sadness or crying.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s many gifts that all of us can share.

Celebrate every one, whatever “garments” she may wear.

Embrace this precious time so trees can rest and grow.

Take care of Planet Earth, for we reap the history that we sow!



Memorial Day Photos

With all the ads and sales surrounding holiday week-ends, we often forget about the true meaning of the holidays. Of course, the word “memorial” is part of the title, so let’s not forget that between the BBQs, beaches, and balmy weather, Memorial Day (tomorrow) is a day to honor those from any war who gave their lives to make our own lives better and to keep our country free.

Coincidentally, the book I have been editing is now on Amazon: A Time to Keep: A Memoir of Growing Up in Memel, Lithuania, and coming to America in 1939. So I think it is no coincidence that we were celebrating the (re) publication of Cherie’s book  on Friday with her moving and charming memoir about WWII and Hitler’s invasion of Memel, once part of Germany, and Cherie’s heartfelt tale of flight and immigration to America.

So while we are celebrating the book’s publication on Amazon,  I am well aware of the sacrifices men and women make during war-time, both on the field and on the home front. I have also reviewed many of Teresa Funke’s children’s books on WWII, which I hope to list on Monday.

In the meantime, here are some stock photos from the Internet to remind us of the true meaning of Memorial Day, remembering the fallen men and women who died defending America.


 Let’s celebrate and commemorate freedom on this important day!

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