the smaller things around us is such a pleasure. A bit of quiet time allows these heretofore background scenes to permeate our consciousness. These days our children live elsewhere and, for the first time ever, (temporarily, anyways) there are no pets in our home. The bird feeders outside have been full of activity all summer along. We are attentive to the comings, the goings and the rhythms of the bird world. Goldfinches are perched at the tops of the sunflower stalks where they enjoy pulling out the seeds. Enthusiasm gone wild. Terrific. The ebb and flow of the seasons. A delight to behold.