GOLDEN MEDALLION TREES BLOOM IN SAN DIEGO IN AUGUST – As if a florist arranged an avenue of sunny yellow “flower bouquet” trees, the trees line the streets delighting the eye. Golden Medallion trees – cassia leptophylla – are originally from Brazil, but they thrive now in San Diego. When the yellow flower petals fall off, they leave a pale green “flower” behind, which is quite lovely. The sidewalks & yards are covered with strewn flower petals floating on the summer breezes. After the trees bloom, they leave foot long brown seed pods that rattle when you pick them up! Nature is simply magic.
SUMMER TIME & THE LIVING IS EASY
A flock of surfers congregate offshore bobbing up & down waiting for non-existent waves. Pre-teens try to skip cobblestones at the wave’s edge. Tiny children joyously slip off their sandals & run back and forth on the sand while their adoring parents smile. A group of young people stand together on an old log with arms clasped, laughing while a photo is taken to commemorate this summer night. Their zest for life is contagious. How can they know at this tender young age, that these are the moments they will never forget? Dogs are brought to the beach to meet & greet each other on their evening walk while owners nod hello. Couples sitting close together murmur to each other cementing their relationship in a closed circle of two even while in a crowd. Two young men sit on the sand sharing thoughts & unspoken hopes and dreams. Surfers still arrive to the beach, late from work, but hoping for waves. They join their tribe commiserating that there is no surf. The parking lot, half-empty when I arrived, is full now with the daily migration to see the sunset & to mark the end of this summer’s day. The summer sun has made its journey north and now sets right off “The Point”. Silver, shining light shimmers on the horizon and reflects brightly on the gently moving sea lapping the shore. The moment has arrived & the sun becomes an orange globe filling the sky and our eyes with pure living light & color. Our hearts lighten just a bit, just now, here in this moment at the end of this lovely summer’s day.
PART OF LEARNING CALLIGRAPHY IS TO PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! It used to be that you could practice your calligraphy addressing letters, writing out bills/checks, etc. Now with email, social media and on-line/automatic payments, it can be a bit harder to find a way to practice your new calligraphy skills. Here’s an idea! Cut out some favorite photos from magazines and glue them to notebook paper. Write some words underneath the photo to inspire you to practice your calligraphy. By the time you fill up a few pages with these inspirational words, it is likely you will be writing almost the entire alphabet. Another idea might be to glue small magazine pictures to blank cards & write your practice calligraphy words below. Voila’ you have practiced your calligraphy & have a greeting card to send to a friend! Write on!