So I Like Best of All Autumn

I like spring, but it is too young.  I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are
a little yellow, its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged
a little with sorrow.  Its golden richness speaks not
of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but
of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age.
It knows the limitations of life and is content.

~ Lin Yutang

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Bobcat Corner, NC
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To Be Dazzled

“Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.” 
~ Mary Oliver

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Winter comes early to the mountains. Rime ice covered trees in Smoky Mountain National Park.