Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Faith of an Unbeliever

While it's been many, many years since I considered myself a Believer of any sort, the idea of a deity continues to fascinate me and now and again I read something that really strikes a chord with my particular belief/non-belief system.

I came across this in a recent re-reading of Jo Walton's Among Others:

“To tell the truth I've been pretty angry with God ever since Mor died. He doesn’t seem to do anything, or to help at all. But I suppose it’s like magic, you can’t tell if it does anything, or why, not to mention mysterious ways. If I were omnipotent and omnibenevolent I wouldn’t be so damn ineffable.”

Voltaire said: If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

At this beautiful time of year (even with a freeze predicted for tonight,) I think of Kaylin Haught's wonderful little poem... and this is the God I'd invent.

God Says Yes to Me

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked it it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly 
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Another Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

What a morning! What a day! 

The crab apple is bursting with pink...

'That tree' - the view blocker -- has covered itself with silver-green...

Even the weeds -- wild onion and purple deadnettle --  are decorative...

 At the pond, the Osage orange and the Oriental magnolia are putting on a show...

And back at the house, it's time to venture on a few geraniums (perlargoniums) for the porch...

I love the way the little buds hang their heads till it's their turn to bloom.