1956 Buick Super Series Riviera and
1956(?) Buick Roadmaster

Back roads of the Cohutta Mountains

Photos mine; iphone 5

Of course there was work to be done at home, but it was a 92° Sunday in July, and there were back roads to explore, mountain trails to climb, boiled peanuts to eat, and kudzu-covered remnants of earlier times to happen upon. Eight hours and nearly 200 miles later, I’m home, showered, and enjoying a refreshing adult beverage. Life is good.

(On Hwy 411; all that’s left is the sign; iphone 5)

CREPE MYRTLES

by Cathy Smith Bowers

When the heaviness of dog days
has had its way
with us, they bloom
to stay the doom

of summer’s end. Such Popsicles,
these crepe myrtles,
to cool the day’s
parched tongue! And where’s

the truck that brought them? The little
bell? Clang goes the 
ghostly driver
and then is gone.

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Crepe myrtles in the neighborhood (iPhone 5)

CREPE MYRTLES

by Cathy Smith Bowers

When the heaviness of dog days
has had its way
with us, they bloom
to stay the doom

of summer’s end. Such Popsicles,
these crepe myrtles,
to cool the day’s
parched tongue! And where’s

the truck that brought them? The little
bell? Clang goes the
ghostly driver
and then is gone.

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Crepe myrtles in the neighborhood (iPhone 5)

"Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity."
-Lao Tzu

(Oasis in my neighborhood)

"Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity."
-Lao Tzu

(Oasis in my neighborhood)

“Once we figured out the Zen of it, the world looked different. Bands like the Eagles and the Who sounded weak, Pink Floyd sounded mannered, Zeppelin almost flatulent. The Ramones seemed to understand all of that, even as they chipped chinks in the armour that would later allow for the blow that, while it did not kill the beast, made its mortality plain.” – Bill Wyman on the power of the Ramones.

“Once we figured out the Zen of it, the world looked different. Bands like the Eagles and the Who sounded weak, Pink Floyd sounded mannered, Zeppelin almost flatulent. The Ramones seemed to understand all of that, even as they chipped chinks in the armour that would later allow for the blow that, while it did not kill the beast, made its mortality plain.” – Bill Wyman on the power of the Ramones.

Morning coffee somehow tastes better while sitting and looking at this.

"The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world."
—- Michael Pollan ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

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I love walking out my back door and getting the main ingredients for my meal. (The mutz is from a local cheesemonger.)

(Iphone 5)

Morning Glories

Blue and dark-blue
rose and deepest rose
white and pink they

are everywhere in the diligent
cornfield rising and swaying
in their reliable

finery in the little
fling of their bodies their
gear and tackle

all caught up in the cornstalks.
The reaper’s story is the story
of endless work of

work careful and heavy but the
reaper cannot
separate them out there they

are in the story of his life
bright random useless
year after year

taken with the serious tons
weeds without value
humorous beautiful weeds.
-Mary Oliver