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The Sunflower

“Don’t cut those!” Clara paused. She held a pair of scissors in her right hand, and a colorful bouquet of flowers in her left. One more flower would make the bouquet complete. Especially one of those sunflowers. She looked back to see if her mother was still watching. “But Mom, these are the best and […]

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Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending […]

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Sunday Morning

The tulips sprang too soon, it seemed. an April blizzard buried them beneath eight inches of white. But yesterday’s wind banished the need for coverings, and the earth has dissolved hers, baring once again the brown grass before the penetrating gaze of the morning sun. A nd the tulips, seated in earthy pews, extend their pointed […]

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Grandma’s Roses

The roses around the foundation of my house were diseased and bedraggled. The leaves were stunted and insect eaten. One spring I saw a few scraggly pink blooms that weren’t much to look at. I almost tore out the plants by the roots. They were a professional embarrassment to me, a beginning landscaper and flower […]

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Tulips and Lilies

Linda took out first one dress and then another. Soon her whole closet was on the bed! She wanted to look especially nice today because Mother was taking her along to visit a special friend, but none of her outfits seemed just right. Linda liked to be “grown-up” and pick out her own clothes, but […]

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The Flower (3)

Little Anna was entertaining herself at the edge of the yard when finally she toddled over to where her mother, sister, and brother were raking leaves. Her face beamed as she presented her mother with a tiny wildflower. “Oh Anna, what a beautiful flower,” Mother said as she picked up the little girl and they […]

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Burst of Spring

Thy Spirit, O Lord, makes life to abound, The earth is renewed, and fruitful the ground; To God ascribe glory and wisdom and might, Let God in His creatures forever delight. Psalter No. 287:1   The lines quoted above are a versification of the 30th and 31st verses of the 104th Psalm: “Thou sendest forth […]

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A Familiar Bouquet

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the […]

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Galls

Among the many and varied interesting phenomena of nature, we find the galls.  Are you familiar with them? Have you ever observed the spherical enlargements on the stem of the goldenrod or the marble-like growth on the oak leaf called “oak apples?”  Often they are also found on the poplar and willow trees.  After observing […]

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