The heat from the grass and forest permeated the still air in the small clearing, and when I breathed in, nature’s energy filled my lungs. Closing my eyes, I heard a slight rustling of leaves high in the trees and a distant cry of an unknown bird. Here, far from the city, people and motor vehicles, the earth relaxed, time stood still and the body felt at home.
As I made my way towards the headstones dotting the burial grounds, I wondered if I had enough time to capture images of every marker. The kids were eager to get to the blueberry field and didn’t want to linger at yet another graveyard. They followed close behind, asking if that person was related, or what did the little lamb on the stone indicate and how much longer was this going to take?
To be honest, my kids didn’t often complain when visiting cemeteries even after they’d been dragged through several dozen. Something always appeared to entertain them even if it was just a hapless toad hopping across our path.
Posted by Diane Tibert on January 5, 2012
Words are powerful. They can drag us to our knees, fill us with joy and boost our spirits when we’re depressed. But words can also be powerless to the whims of people who believe they are doing right by dictating how we should use or view them.
Over the past fifty years, several words have become tarnished by misuse. These words, that were once useful descriptive words, are now banned or restricted.
Posted by Diane Tibert on December 15, 2011
With Halloween only two weeks away, I want to share news on a book I received in the mail about six weeks ago.
But first, let me tell you that I first learned of the making of this book about two or three years ago. An editor of a local newspaper asked if my family had any superstitions. I descend from Scottish, Irish and German ancestors, so of course, we did. I wrote about the superstitions in my family and sent it off. I wasn’t exactly sure what was to happen with them. It didn’t matter. It was nice getting them down on paper to share with other family members.
Posted by Diane Tibert on October 17, 2011