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The Pancake Chronicles: Portland laughs in moss

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Portland laughs in moss

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A poem should be ...


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Silent as the sleeve-worn stone

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Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -- ....

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(from Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish)
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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Colleen
I had a moment of clarity the other day - I realized that I've been voraciously devouring your blog for over a year and I've never taken the time to let you know. Specifically, I want to let you know how your way of seeing the simple things in life - like moss, or a teacup, or Beaker singing Oh Danny Boy (he's always been my favourite muppet!) or sunbeams on the floor - has caused me to take a breath, realize that there's beauty all around me and to not freak out so much when my kids leave the crayons all over the table. You have given me this gift, which I treasure, and I thank you with all my heart. Don't EVER stop writing - you were born to share your beautiful heart in this way and I'm sure I'm not the only one you've touched. :o)
Karyn Onsorge

3 March 2008 at 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Colleen
I had a moment of clarity the other day - I realized that I've been voraciously devouring your blog for over a year and I've never taken the time to let you know. Specifically, I want to let you know how your way of seeing the simple things in life - like moss, or a teacup, or Beaker singing Oh Danny Boy (he's always been my favourite muppet!) or sunbeams on the floor - has caused me to take a breath, realize that there's beauty all around me and to not freak out so much when my kids leave the crayons all over the table. You have given me this gift, which I treasure, and I thank you with all my heart. Don't EVER stop writing - you were born to share your beautiful heart in this way and I'm sure I'm not the only one you've touched. :o)
Karyn Onsorge

3 March 2008 at 16:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and I have no idea how that posted twice.
I am a self-confessed computer id-jit. :o)
K

3 March 2008 at 16:56  
Blogger Colleen said...

Oh Karen! You have NO idea how much this means to me! I am sitting here with warm shivers and tears in my eyes. I started doing these things because I so easily get overwhelmed with the big stuff and even the small stuff and photos and words help me to survive and get through it all. Knowing that it's a little survival for somebody else too makes all the dark days so much more bearable. Thank you, thank you! ♡

3 March 2008 at 17:06  
Blogger Sonya said...

Gorgeous photos. That's a lot of moss!

3 March 2008 at 18:12  
Blogger Mindy said...

Karyn's comment makes me smile. :)

So does the green moss.

4 March 2008 at 20:19  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

Moss is absolutely one of my favouritest things about Portland. The sheer lushness and green of everything--how the cement is not cement, but actually covered in chlorophylly life. Thanks for a breath of green. There is still far too much white from where I'm sitting. Sigh.

5 March 2008 at 14:36  
Blogger Nan - said...

Oh, I don't think I could stand all that damp. It makes me feel chilled much more than snow or below zero (F) temps. It is pretty and your pics are lovely but I wouldn't want it to be my home. Would you? Did you love it? I did love what scrapnqueen wrote giving the other view. What a nice way to look at it. But still, it is like the tropics to me. Pretty to look at but I wouldn't want to live there.

And, in case you didn't know, I feel exactly as Karyn above does. I'm always telling Tom what Colleen is writing about. :<)

7 March 2008 at 08:15  
Blogger Colleen said...

I grew up in all that damp so in some ways I'm used to it. After having lived in the north for a few years though it does feel chilly and that was a surprise to me. How could above zero temperatures feel as cool as below zero? I thought Portland was very beautiful and I do think I could live there (but that it's a city). My favourite sort of place to live would be one with a strong presence of each of the four seasons.

And thank you. I wish I could use different words to show how I appreciate your encouragement but a big fat THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart is what sums it up. ♡

7 March 2008 at 10:07  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

What beautiful photographs! The moss is just lovely.

10 March 2008 at 21:33  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thank you, Kimberly Ann! And welcome here. Come back any ol' time. :)

10 March 2008 at 23:47  
Blogger emilyruth said...

oh all that moss makes me so happy & you captured it all so beautifully!
i love it:)

11 March 2008 at 15:10  

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