The mudslide in Snohomish county, WA (about 45 minutes north of Seattle) has me grieving for the community. Washingtonians are made from tough stuff; keeping up on the news of recovery has me daily inspired. The clean-up is grim though; indeed, they have uncertain harvest in their future. One victim described the devastated area as not even a junkyard, but more like a landfill.
This morning, I pause to hear the hope of spring in our birds and send strength to those in the search efforts.
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
—Robert Frost, excerpt from "A Prayer in Spring"
|Wild cherry, Oregon grape, rhododendron, |
taken on the University of Washington's campus