I wanted you to see something about her – I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew. – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

in the morning

It is always in the morning
that you regret last night’s actions.
It is always in the morning
that you try hard not to think of anything.
It is always in the morning
that you hide the evidence.
For the night seduces,
its hunger insatiable.
The night covers the guilt
and the false promise of a longer time.
But as the clock ticks,
the morning always, always comes too soon.

When lightning happens

When lightning happens, mushrooms come to life.
IMG_0100Sometime last week, there was a brief lightning storm and when lightning strikes here (coupled with a few rain and humid weather), wild mushrooms are sure to grow. And true to that, the following day, these mushrooms appeared in the garden.
IMG_0088 IMG_0098They retained their lively color for at least a whole day but withered away the following day.