A little bit of this, a little bit of that.
A few minutes ago I came in from the porch after experiencing pure delight. I have a butterfly bush that is in full bloom and is pretty gorgeous. And while I was admiring it I saw I was not alone in my appreciation. A brilliantly yellow butterfly was going from one blossom to another savoring the bush’s treats. I stood there watching, eyes and heart taking in this moment. Then the butterfly fluttered away, and I came inside.
Years ago I attended an auction, and though I was tempted to bid on several things, it was the bird feeder that urged me to grab the pen and write my name on the dotted line. When the bidding was over, the bird feeder was mine. Over the years I have derived so much pleasure from that decision. Sometimes I watch the activity with the bird book on my lap to identify the newest attendee; more often I just sit there watching and listening. I’ve learned a lot, too. Now I want to urge you to join me in sitting and watching and learning and loving as Mother Nature provides us with wondrous opportunities to see unadulterated beauty. If you have a bird feeder or two, you already know what I’m talking about. If not, I promise you endless delight when you erect a feeder and offer nourishment to winged friends of all sizes and shapes. Then find space for a butterfly bush. too, and watch hummingbirds and butterflies beautify your landscape. You’ll be rewarded many times over!
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One of our readers wrote about a treasured memory she has that was derived by reading a column written by Cliff Milnor. I was so glad to see his name! Cliff wrote a column for the morning newspaper, and it was required reading in our household. Eventually, some of his favorite columns were reprinted in book form, and my husband gave me one of those prized collections. I guess “homespun” might be a word to describe Cliff’s style; “warm” would be another. Thanks, Marcia, for the memory.
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Another reader responded to the columns about favorite movies by mentioning, among others,”King’s Row,” which had also been a best-selling novel. He mentioned one unforgettable scene: Ronald Reagan’s character awakens after surgery during which one leg was amputated — and he asks, “Where is the rest of me?” Wow! What a kick to the solar plexus. Thank you, Lee, for reminding me. On a recent talk show, maybe “The View,” the crew talked about famous last lines. That was fun. The last line in “Casablanca” is one of those rare treats we remember forever. We’ve written about some of those. I’ll bet you can come up with some worth writing about. Yes? By the way, Wayne, in Auburn, had written about Ronald Colman and one of his films, “Random Harvest.” It was on just a few evenings ago; I hope you were able to enjoy it again.
I think we’re still not finished with talking about favorite movies. Marcia wrote about “A Few Good Men,” for example. Tom Cruise is not a favorite actor, judging by her comments, but it was quite a film, and who can forget Jack Nicholson yelling at us, berating us for not living up to his demands.
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My goodness, here we are in August already. I like August. Three of my very favorite people celebrate(d) August birthdays: my dad’s was on the 21st and my brother’s and my daugbter’s are on the 23rd. Once upon a time we used to go to Lake Wawasee and Sargent’s Hotel for a week or so in August. I can’t believe that hotel would still be there. Does anyone else remember Sargent’s? And schools in Indiana get going this month. It’s time to get out a note to returning teachers, so bye for now. More anon!
Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher and resident of Fort Wayne.