Contrary to the first line of the post (below),
this is not a photo of a grey, rainy day.
It is a photo of an autumn tree
that made me think of a bubblegum machine.
Rain again today means it’s grey outside
and warm lights are turned on inside.
On days like this
I want to stare out the window and think.
Or read a good book.
But I also like to be outside.
Autumn trees are more vibrant in the grey,
and rainy air is fresher.
They say you can spot a non-native in Oregon
because he carries an umbrella.
Well I was born here,
and my family has lived in Oregon since the 1850’s,
so I’m pretty native.
And I carry an umbrella.
A dark green one.
I walked to Sundance Market today
and saw Koala Crisp cereal
and thought of you all
So I bought a box,
along with almond milk,
and I came right home and ate a bowl.
It tastes better when I eat it at your house.
“There is only one world—in God—
and it is simple and real.
Why speak in riddles?”
Yes, Alexander Schmemann, why?
(They haven’t embraced this idea
At the university where I spend most of my time.)