Leaves are Falling

IMG_1694Leaves are Turning
Stars are Burning in the Autumn Sky
Stars that have been there for Billions of Years
But not Forever
Stars that will be there long after we’re gone
But not Forever
The Summer has drawn its final breath
Autumn has begun.
When the Spring began to fade to Summer’s Lengthier Daylight, we had with us:

MAYA ANGELOU — May 28th British Academy Television Awards - Arrivals
ANN B. DAVIS — June 1st
RUBY DEE — June 11th
CHUCK NOLL — June 13th
ELI WALLACH — June 24th
MESHACH TAYLOR — June 28th
ELAINE STRITCH — July 17th
JAMES GARNER — July 19throbin-williams
ROBIN WILLIAMS — August 11th
LAUREN BACALL — August 12th
DON PARDO — August 18th
RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH — August 24th
JOAN RIVERS — September 4th
POLLY BERGEN — September 20th

And we end with all of them gone…Lauren Bacall

When this Year began, we also had with us:

ARIEL SHARON — January 11th
PETE SEEGER — January 27th
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN — February 2nd
SHIRLEY TEMPLE — February 10th
SID CAESAR — February 12thphilip-seymour-hoffman
MICKEY ROONEY — March 2nd
DAVID BRENNER — March 15th
BOB HOSKINS — April 29th

… and we started the Summer with all of them gone.

People who made us Laugh — who made our Lives Bettermickey-rooney
People whose faces we saw on Magazines at the Newsstand
Smiling at us
Reminding us to Laugh it off
Letting us know Everything would be OK.

None of us has ever before lived in a World in which LAUREN BACALL wasn’t a Living Legend.
I came of Age as ROBIN WILLIAMS was declared by PEOPLE MAGAZINE
“The Funniest Man in the World” His response, “No pressure!”
JOAN RIVERS singing “The Bitch is Back” with ELTON JOHN and CHER on the first episode of her own Talk Show seems a recent memory.

These people were part of the Cultural Landscape in which all of us Live and Work and Breathe and Thrive and Laugh and are Inspired and Do what we Do.
In such a short season, we have said GoodBye to so many.

In More Recent Years:elizabeth_taylor

ELIZABETH TAYLOR
NELSON MANDELA
JEAN STAPLETON
ESTHER WILLIAMS
ABIGAIL VAN BUREN
RAY BRADBURY
BEA ARTHUR
SPALDING GRAY
DICK CLARKNelson Mandela
WHITNEY HOUSTON
MAURICE SENDAK
MARVIN HAMLISCH
NEIL ARMSTRONG
HELEN GURLEY BROWN
VACLAV HAVEL
STEVE JOBS…Whitney_Houston

Yet just as they have parted from our Landscape,
Each at one time Emerged
Appeared
Brightened
Overcame the Odds
Kept Trying
Stayed True to themselves
Arose…Steve_Jobs

At one time, OPRAH WINFREY was Host of a small local Talk Show in Chicago
Before she burst onto the National Landscape

At one time, AUDRA MCDONALD was a new Graduate of the Juilliard Voice Program
Now Six Tony Awards Later…

At one time, BRAD PITT was that good looking young guy no one had ever seen before who played that small part in THELMA AND LOUISE

planets and starsStars of the Universe have a Life
From Nebula to Protostars…
Then about ten billion years of Main Sequence, fusing hydrogen to form helium…
Red Giant to Planetary Nebula
And finally, in the White Dwarf to Black Dwarf Stage, they burn out.

The Stars in our own World have a Life too,
Usually somewhat less than ten billion years.
They have a Main Sequence Stage during which they shine Brightest.
And then at some point, they die.
GalaxyStars
We too Shine.
We who may be Stars in a different context
Or perhaps not at all.
We Shine!
And we have our Time.
And it is not Forever.

Our Time is Now.
Autumn Begins.
The Leaves are just starting to turn colors
It is a time to Harvest
Pumpkins…
Apples…
So many Living Things growing Ripe
At their Sweetest
Autumn Splendor
Protostar…
Red Giant…
White Dwarf…

Let us embrace this
Here
Now
As our Main Sequence.

As the Leaves fall from the Trees, Let us be reminded that our time here is not Forever
We grow older
We Fall
Trees Grow Barren…
But let us not Miss the Blazing Beauty and Brightness of this Period in our Lives
We are in Glory
Now
Let us Harvest all we have sewn
Autumn Leaves
We are Living Things growing Ripe
This is our Moment
To Burn Brightly
Bear Fruit
Savor the Lustrous Caress of Colored Breezes
Arise
Awaken
Blaze
Ripen

Shine…


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  1. Yes, “this our moment”, to feel the beauty as a reflection of our Selves. We are so blessed! Lovin you from here, Sister Merri Denise

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