The Fall To-Do List

Plant bulbs and hope you’ll see spring.
Watch celestial showers – Draconids, Orionids, Taurids, Leonids.
Observe wildlife change habits as the trees
change colors. Practice being an evergreen.
Feel the equinox and balance straight up.

Photo by Artem Saranin on

I do make many (too many) lists of things to do. I have written about this addiction. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it hurts. I even have seasonal lists of things I need to do in the garden or around the house. A season changes and I change the filters in my furnace and air-conditioning system. Frost comes and I dig up the dead and dying annuals, rake leaves, and add them to the compost.

A group emailed me a list of things to do in autumn. It has lots of the usual things: leaf peeping, apple picking, making and eating fall comfort foods, carving pumpkins, and jumping in leaf piles. But some things on my fall list don’t appear there.

How the Earth’s tilt creates the seasons

She Is Sleeping

She is sleeping now and has been
sleeping for so long in a time
when she is not in love with
me or the world. I want to
shake her, awaken her from this slumber.

My touch only annoys her, she turns
away from me and towards the window
back to another world only she inhabits.
Places here, now, past and places unknown
where I can’t live or even visit.

Napping in the Multiverse

There must be other universes containing me,
as there must be intelligent life elsewhere.
Imagining one such universe as I napped
in Earth’s sunlight under the blue dome,
I saw myself waking, rested, happy, smiling.

Straight from the Internet (a kind of multiverse, perhaps) comes this information: The multiverse is a hypothetical group of multiple universes that together comprise everything that exists: the entirety of space, time, matter, energy, information, and the physical laws and constants that describe them. The different universes within the multiverse are called “parallel universes”, “other universes”, “alternate universes”, or “many worlds”.

This all sounds like cutting-edge theorizing, but Ancient Greek Atomism proposed that infinite parallel worlds arose from the collision of atoms. In the third century BCE, the philosopher Chrysippus suggested that the world eternally expired and regenerated, suggesting the existence of multiple universes across time. William James used the term “multiverse” in 1895 but in a different context. In 1952, Erwin Schrödinger (of popular cat fame) gave a lecture in which he warned his audience that what he was about to say might “seem lunatic.” He said that his equations seemed to describe several different histories and these were “not alternatives, but all really happen simultaneously.” This sort of duality is called “superposition.”

Flotsam and Jetsam

I find it a part of aging –
what I’ve thrown to lighten the load
and keep myself afloat and on course.
This center of gravity, balance in storms,
leaving minimal wreckage floating at the end.


On another site, I have written about the origin and meaning of the terms “flotsam and jetsam” which are usually heard together but have different meanings. See…flotsam-and-jetsam

Feng Shui Bedroom

She tells me “This room is unbalanced.
Avoid placing your bed under ceiling features.
No water pictures. Get rid of clutter.
No plants, flowers, books, or electronics here.”

I lie on the bed, feeling unbalanced.

Image: Darkmoon_Art

The Chinese words “feng” and “shui” translate to mean “wind” and “water,” respectively. This concept is derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with the environment around it. In the philosophy of feng shui, arranging the pieces in living spaces can create balance with the natural world, harness energy forces and establish harmony between you and the environment.

In my mind, it is connected to the Tao, which translates to mean “the way.” Taoism is the way of nature.

For those who truly follow feng shui principles, they can be used to design towns, homes, rooms, and even the desk and area where you work. The placement of ancient Chinese grave sites used this philosophy in order to bring positive chi to a grave.

For an American practitioner, it will probably mean getting rid of things.