Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Light and Shadow Play

  Late afternoon sun streams through the window and casts shadows about. The legerdemain conjures up imaginary characters dancing about between the light and shadows. My thoughts wander. Interrupting the game of light, the Chinooks rustle the leaves in the … Continue reading

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Erntedankfest in a German Village

The Fulbright program does an incredible job connecting peoples around the world. We had learned that I was to teach English to German pupils from grades 6-10 in a Comprehensive School in Neresheim, Germany.  The school served 30 surrounding towns … Continue reading

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The World of the Soul

Making figure “8” motions, these winged messengers delicately flit about like angels  playing in the garden. These angel messengers deliver pure joy to us. They symbolize hope and rebirth. They represent our life journey. Hope, change, transformation, these many-hued butterflies … Continue reading

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Stop, Look, Listen!

It is that wonderful season of autumn in Upstate New York. The last lingering days of summer with bright sunshine, gorgeous skies and lush gardens await the harvest.  On such days, we like to take a drive into the country to … Continue reading

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Grow, Little Tree!

On Trees and Life watch the storm watch the tree tree came down tree crashed crashed in the street crashed near car car parked parked near power lines lines came down lines in the street street poles down street poles … Continue reading

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The Morning Hours

It seems that early fall days provide beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets. Our daughter has seen lovely ones on the beach at Southampton, New York, on Long Island.  We privately celebrate the colorful brush strokes of many hues. Hurricane season … Continue reading

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Music Colors My Life!

Musical notes, beats, rests, keys, sharps, flats, major, minor, staff, treble clef, bass clef, rhythms, voices, moods, time signatures, adagio, allegro, forte, chant, chamber, carols, classical, dynamics, fermata, leitmotifs, sonata, staff, concerto, tones, voices – all this and more characterize … Continue reading

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