Friday, September 11, 2015

Finding New Rhythms

The first few days of classes are behind me. I can do this. Lesson planning, interacting with students, and marking are hesitant rhythms yet, with the awkwardness that reflects a lost ease. Slowly, it will return.

The slant of sunlight illuminating trees with hints of gold is a sure sign that autumn is finding her rhythm, too. Misty mornings heavy with dew burn into deep blue skies. Morning's light jackets are shed as the sun rises higher and stronger. The sun fades behind the hills and I reach for a sweater.

Sunflowers hold autumn's colours - almost navy blue centers circled by specks of tawny yellow and fringed with bright, shining petals. They make me smile, standing there on my mantel. 


  1. Oh dear Lorrie,
    I knew I could count on you. Thank you for your encouraging comment and your constancy. You continue to amaze me with your beautiful photographs and eloquent expression. I thank God for the gift of your friendship through the internet-compressed miles. Have a lovely last-days-of-summer weekend.

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  3. Beautiful images! Yes I can see the navy blue. You will get the rhythm back probably in no time. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. September is a funny month for the first row of knitting, it floats,it doesn't seem to hang quite right until other'rows' are chunkily sitting on top. You must have relaxed so much in the summer vacation, which is great. Plenty of time for catching up... a whole year!
    Meanwhile, enjoy your week end ;)

  5. Anonymous1:27 PM

    Sunflowers always make me smile! Glad you are finding your teaching rhythm.

  6. Lorrie, your sunflowers are beautiful and as for your rhythm . . . it's like riding a bicycle or swimming . . . you will have it back before you know it :)
    Keep Smiling, Connie :)

  7. "hesitant rhythms yet, with the awkwardness that reflects a lost ease. Slowly, it will return."

    I loved this description.. how aptly worded to encompass and describe so many situations!

  8. I agree with Deb...that's a lovely and evocative phrase.

  9. Lovely images and words ... it must be hard "going back to school" and you described it beautifully.

  10. Lovely description of the new season! We too enter autumn before it's ever on the calendar and I LOVE it:) Blessings for a good school year.
    PS: Did I say I LOVE those sunflowers? I never tire of seeing them!

  11. I love sunflowers and the navy centers are amazing!

    You will find your rhythm, and I know you'll be an encouragement to the students you teach this year.


  12. Lovely images and words, Lorrie! Your description of the beginning of the new academic year is beautiful and I also like how Alex compares it to the first row of knitting. Of course you can do it!
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  13. Lorrie
    It's down to 3C here tonight-yikes!
    Are you teaching this year?
    Has it been a while?
    I saw you had your family recently all together,
    that must have been a wonderful way to end your summer!
    Take care and enjoy your weekeknd-Kimberly

  14. Anonymous3:52 AM

    Sunflowers remind me of large beautiful faces and yours are lovely. Good luck with the new school year. May the force be with you. :-)

  15. I love the detail in the sunflower photos. I hope you enjoy your teaching year.

  16. Lovely post - thought provoking. I can feel the seasons changing in your words - and the sunflowers are gorgeous - they are certain to bring smiles.

  17. You are brave to face a new school year once more, but I know you will be respected and loved for just the way you are. May God bless you with all you need for each day.

  18. The sunflowers are so awesome - I should go buy some this weekend before it's too late.

    Hope this is a great school year - both for you Lorrie, and the lucky students who get you as their teacher and wonderful role model.

    Hugs - Mary

  19. The coming and going of the seasons always amazes me. They come slowly, but come they do...always. I can also relate to the changes in our own seasons. When we are on a break from homeschool, I wonder how I ever had time, or will have time, to fit it in. And then we begin and somehow it all works and flows together. Yes, you'll have a rhythm before you know it.

    Beautiful photos! The first macro shot of the sunflower is stunning!

  20. It's noontime, 108 degrees and lately always humid which makes it even harder to be outside. Your sunflowers are so lovely as are the thoughts you share. :) Have a great day.

  21. We will miss the sunflowers, won't we? They certainly a favorite. Your photos are beautiful. I finally have me feet back on the ground in my own return to teaching. Reality of my decision has finally set in as I have 49 personal narrative essays to grade by Tuesday and lots of other things to do in between, too. You will get back into the routine easily, especially when the grading begins. Have a good week.

  22. We need jackets here today! Happy Sunday!

  23. Always adjusting and finding balance. Your photos are beautiful, Lorrie!
    Thank you so very much for your beautiful words over at my little blog. I feel so much love and support coming from my dear blogging friends.
    Much love,

  24. So, it's just like riding a bike is it? LOL Our daughter that teaches nursing was finding it hard to get back into the groove, all summer she works at the hospital delivering babies.
    You'll probably find you get more done with a structured day...unlike myself. :-)

  25. I would think it would be a bit of an adjustment to step back into teacher mode after the summer break. It sounds like you're making that transition rather well.
    Your sunflowers are very pretty and that beautiful ray of light(?) is amazing. I'm sure there is a better description for it, but hopefully you know what I mean.

  26. Sunflowers are so beautiful this time of year. Happy beginnings of school.

  27. Your light sparkle in the corner is delightful!


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