How does such a delicate flower as the Queen Anne’s Lace manage to continue looking so fresh so late in the season? Though it’s a favorite of many, few have looked deeply enough into the heart of the flower to see its deep red center. Could the secret of its youthful bloom be found here at its heart?
What makes one flower stay fresh well past summer while others close their hearts to the cold winds and rains that are so much a part of the autumn of life? Why do some choose to retreat into themselves while others practice a hospitality of the heart that judges not visitors and welcomes all?
These are just a few of the questions worth asking on a quiet and sunny Sunday in October. Canadian Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. May you all find lots of things to be thankful for and questions worth asking.
The questions worth asking, in other words, come not from other people but from nature, and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned out by the noise of everyday life.
~ Robert B. Laughlin
Text and photographs copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012