Beyond The Wildflowers



I got excited. Our governor said the he and his wife were going on a three day fast using those days to pray and reflect. Nothing else seems to be working against the virus. I thought it was a pretty good idea. Prayer and fasting doesn’t require organized religion. Or, if you prefer, it is done by Catholics, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and others that have slipped my mind.

I mentioned it to my neighbor who sits outside on Sunday and reads the Bible since she can’t go to church, not that she went every Sunday.

Her first comment was, “Well, I’m not Catholic.” I replied with what I wrote above. Not to be outdone, she replied, “I don’t need his spiritual guidance and besides I pray for resolution of the virus everyday.”

And, there you have it. The reason that I’m not affiliated with any church.

I do go to church. The church of the holy second line. I haven’t been to my church in a long time. Not since about February when my hurting hip was fixed. I miss it. I miss the smells. I miss the sights. The sounds.

Most of all, I miss seeing my friends.

Many of us have said when this is over we’ll hold the biggest second line anybody every saw. None of us know when that will be. People have passed who deserve a jazz funeral. First line members have passed who deserve the dirge before we reach Lafayette No. 2.

None of that has happened. It might never happen. Or, we will be so burnt out that we never do it.

And, that’s sad.

That’s our religion.

The Picture

It’s a rose. As usual, it was made on a walk. I developed the picture and added a little to it. Then it hit me, why not take this as far as I can go? So, I did.

That’s what you are looking at. A picture whose color has been pulled and twisted. A picture whose sharp features have been softened beyond recognition. A picture that has been inverted. Enjoy it.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. You know what to do. Enjoy every rose that you stop and smell.



7 responses to “Beyond The Wildflowers”

  1. Laura Denise Avatar

    OK, Ray, you’ve made a huge fan very quickly. Site notifications on and I shall spend some time among your past posts soon. Love your image here and words. 💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you, that’s kind. I’m working my way through about 130twenty emails from you. Sheesh. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Laura Denise Avatar

        Haha! ❤ Sorry! I had to merge all of my old and anonymous selves/sites into one. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    No worries. Your posts are light and fun. I once had a blogger do that who wrote in an academic way. Ouch.


  3. kunstkitchen Avatar

    Hey Ray, good words to help start my day. Stay safe.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I’m glad they helped. You too…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kunstkitchen Avatar

        Thanks, friend, stay cool.

        Liked by 1 person

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