Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Backyard Leaves

My Backyard Leaves
New Jersey
November 21st
2009

This time of the year may be the noisiest. All over the neighborhood you hear the sound of leaf blowers. Do you remember the good old days when people used "rakes"? The whole family would be out in the yard raking the leaves into nice piles. When my daughter was a toddler she loved to run and jump into my nice pile of leaves, with the dog following right behind. Now I see the neighbors wearing ear covers so they don't have to listen to the noise they are making. I think we should ban these machines. Maybe if we bring some quiet back into our lives we will figure out who we really are.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Robert Frost Cabin

Robert Frost Cabin
Ripton, Vermont
2007

This is Robert Frost's cabin in Ripton Vermont, behind the Homer Noble Farm. I am a frequent visitor. So much so that my family thinks I am a bit crazy. There is something that draws me here, to be in this place - where some of the most beautiful and important poetry was written. I love Frost. He is a true American poet.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's Electric

It's Electric
New Jersey
2009

You have to admit, there is something very creepy about high tension lines. I heard say that you can catch a deadly disease if you live too close. Well, I do live close - and I don't like it one bit. Do you know that on warm humid nights they make a hissing sound? I think they should take down these ugly monstrosities and bury the wires underground. Then plant some nice trees in the open space - preferably white birch. (makes me think of New England)