Signals of Changing Seasons

Carol A. Hand

The waxing crescent at sunset
signals upcoming changes in seasons
alerting me about the need to refocus
for so many important reasons –


Crescent Moon at Sunset –
July 30, 2017


Thank you all for sharing your visionary art,
for enriching my life, and becoming a friend
I didn’t want to leave blogging for awhile
With my deep gratitude to you unpenned



About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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35 Responses to Signals of Changing Seasons

  1. Alok Singhal says:

    Wonderful of you to put this down. We should be grateful for so many things in life,

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  2. desilef says:

    That photo is gorgeous! You enrich so many lives in so many ways.

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  3. Lovely poetry… many thanks for sharing, Carol. ❤

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  4. thejuicenut says:

    Thank you, Carol, I love your reflections and your photos 😊

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  5. Looking forward to your return. ❤️

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  6. Joan says:

    I have enjoyed our seasons together and look forward to many more when you return.

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  7. I’m so grateful to have become your friend dear sweet Carol!!! 🙂 ❤

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  8. A writer from the East says:

    In 2017, I relearned many things and one is how to be effectively grateful for all things in life. It is sheer coincidence that this morning I saw your post and this lovely photo that reminded me how to be grateful yet again for the nature’s beauty that surrounds us.
    I also wanted to ask you if you are a summer born? Perhaps you don’t feel like sharing it here publicly so I won’t mind on no reply, I was just curious 🙂

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    • Dear Saadia, hearing from you is always a gift. Thank you for your wise and lovely comments about gratitude. You also raised my curiosity with your intriguing question. I’d love to know the meaning behind it. 🙂

      I don’t mind answering your question. I’m winter-born, and it happens to be my favorite season here in the north-country. I love snow – at least when I don’t have to travel by car in it. Snow shoes are okay, though. I was born on February 20, 1947, a pivotal year in the history of India and Pakistan. According to astrology, that puts me on the cusp between Pisces (the fish, a water sign) and Aquarius (the water-bearer, an air sign). My mother told me our Ojibwe clan is either the catfish or eagle. On so many measures, I seem to have been born in the space between. Nonetheless, I ponder the symbolism of catfish and eagles, fish swimming in opposite directions and water-bearers. The metaphors they represent seem to resonate in my life experiences. I’d love to know why you are interested to know!


  9. usfman says:

    Why are you leaving blogging? I just started reading you.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments and question, USF Man. As you probably know, blogging takes a lot of time and I have too many other responsibilities coming up soon. I teach a college research course in the fall and need to revise my syllabus and assignments. I’m working on a grant proposal with a friend to fund a reader’s theater project about Indian boarding schools that will take a good deal of time and effort. And of course, there are grandchildren to care for, gardens to tend, and a book manuscript to finish editing. I still write other things when inspired, but I just don’t have the time to post at the moment. I hope you still visit and read older posts when you have time. I promise to answer comments and visit your blog when I can. 🙂

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  10. Thank you for enriching my life, even from long distance and for a relatively short period of time. I hope to continue to learn what you’ve taught me, mainly patience and keeping anger in check.

    I wish you well in your busy lif and hope to read more of your writings in the future. 😀

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  11. hsampson says:

    Thank YOU Carol! Always!

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  12. A lovely transitional poem.

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  13. smilecalm says:

    beautiful remembrance
    as a glowing sunset 🙂

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  14. Have a peaceful time away. I’ll miss your beautiful words and wisdom. ❤

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  15. lorriebowden says:

    So beautiful and so true! Much to think about…you are correct!
    Many blessings to you ❤

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