The Music it Sings—Monday, December 8, 2014

Pink-3When I was a child many years ago we had a lesson in the 4th Grade about space and light and the distance it took to travel from here to the moon. My teacher tried to illustrate light years by using a flashlight and pointing it into the heavens at night (anyway this is what my memory is telling me today).  If a person were to turn the flashlight on and point it toward the heavens (at night) then turn the light off…the light from the flashlight would still keep going and going and going until it would hit a solid object.  Then it would disperse.


Every evening Daddy would bring home the Daily paper, my brother and I were NOT to touch the paper until he was through reading it.  Mother wasn’t very interested in the paper, but Dad was…he read everything, including the ads.  The second he was done one of us got the comic section —if it were Christmas time–the other of us started with the serial Christmas story until the comics were available.

About the same time as the lesson on the flashlight and the thought that light traveled until it hit an dense object I started reading a serial space comic about an all white woman who came down to earth to do great harm.


From that point on I was terrified of the darkness and space and being outside alone IN THE DARK!!! (shudder)

MoistureWhen all that changed I really don’t know.  But the fear is gone, and has been for many, many years.  I love walking at night, even late, late at night. To walk in the silver moonlight seems to fill my soul with it’s shimmery light.  To walk without the moon, just a canopy of brilliant stars on a crisp and cold mid-night is … refreshing.


Today I wonder if the people of the world are pulling away from the call of land, sinking into technology and losing contact with the earth.  It’s a fleeting wonder, for it’s not something I can do anything about.

As for me…I enjoy the internet and it’s gifts of friendships flung from here all the way around the world.  But the land and the sky call to  me the most and the longest and loudest—I hear the music it sings.


Your friend,




22 thoughts on “The Music it Sings—Monday, December 8, 2014

  1. I’m afraid you’re right about people today being pulled away from nature and the earth by all of the technology that is available to us. While I have my share of technology, nothing beats driving or hiking in the mountains when no one else is around (except my Beautiful Bride). Your photos are all gorgeous.


  2. Yup! Me too! And, I think maybe Linky has it too. Funny thing is, I grew up in town….and knew from the time I was around 8 or 9 that I didn’t belong there. I belong here…where the land, the rocks, the trees and grasses and animals call me.


  3. It is very easy today to lose contact with the earth and all things natural. I do envy those of you in the rural areas who are more in touch with the soil and the natural rhythms of the universe.


  4. I think many people feel the same way as you do, and are consciously returning to a life of greater contact with the land and nature. Many will envy you your clean skies, free of light pollution from the cities, and the opportunity to refresh your spirit with a walk in the night air under the stars.


  5. What a lovely meditation Linda, illustrated beautifully by your photos. It is a blessing that you live where you know your ‘ground’ well enough to walk in the dark — and where of course you know that you are safe!

    I remember those Christmas serial stories — hadn’t thought of them in years. Thanks for the fun memories. (And your dad was not alone in his newspaper behavior. I remember once when mine was out of town for a few days — some rare reason I can’t remember — and we weren’t allowed to touch the papers until he got back and read them all.)


  6. Hi Linda, it’s lovely to be back reading your written thoughts. Yes, I totally agree… seeing the night sky is exhilarating. Hubby and I were talking about being out in the remote desert parts of Australia on one of our many trips years ago. The night skies were so clear and bright, it felt as though we could reach out and touch the stars. Living anywhere near a city really dulls the experience for people unfortunately – I put it down to air pollution etc. I’m glad you’re over your fear of the night and can enjoy its delights 🙂 xx


  7. Great post! As a kid I was a scared of the dark. Thankfully I grew out of it. Our kids and grandkids love a summer night. When it is moonlit or just the stars. We used to tell stories about the past, imagining our local indians in our valley sitting around a campfire with their families and friends. Though it is cold in winter it is still nice to be out at night. So calm and quiet. Walking in the garden on a moonlit night has a whole new perspective. Everyhting is bright and lucent.
    I agree with the others about how special it is for us to have friendships shared by everyone on the internet


  8. I couldn’t agree more. On those days I have to break down and do some housework I make it to maybe midafternoon. Then I snatch any reason at all to go outside for a bit, no matter the weather. On the other hand my stepdaughter (a delightful woman) lives in the apartment above our garage and there are days when she doesn’t venture out at all. I cannot fathom that, I have a real need to get out.


  9. We were a rural society but not much anymore – so yes we have lost touch with the land and now the city boys and city girls don’t venture out much from what they feel safe in – the city. Many in this country have never seen a satellite in the sky – never.

    For many years I loved being out in a full moon. Now can’t stay awake. Just the way it is.
    The layer of fog pictures are great.


  10. I’d love a walk at night with just the stars or moon, to hear the soft sounds and embrace the solitude. The walking isn’t really something I can do now, I miss it. I’m more nocturnal than anything and have no desire to change that. Thanks, Linda. I know that music too.


  11. Linda, what a beautiful post. It reads like a love letter to the earth. I resonate totally with these words: ‘Today I wonder if the people of the world are pulling away from the call of land, sinking into technology and losing contact with the earth.’ I often have the same thought. I too love walking out at night. In your wide open spaces the night sky must be brilliant.


  12. Love reading your memories and I think we are sinking into technology too much and not only losing touch with Mother Earth but also the creatures (and humans) that inhabit it! Technology has no emotion – which I think is why so many are so callous in how they treat others.


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