thanks so much for all of your comments. i feel so blessed to have your attention for a moment or two!!
let us not look at ourselves but onwards, onwards to the ideal life of man, and take strength from the leaf and the signs of the field. let us labor to make the heart grow larger as we become older, as the spreading oak gives more shelter. that we could but take to the soul some of the greatness and the beauty of the summer! - r. jefferies, pageant of summer