Calendar Quindecims – October 2019

           — by tkbrown


October brings cooler days and colder nights
blanketed with red and yellow,
crimson and orange — color sights
to deck the hills, welcome bellows
whence we fan the flame on cold nights.
Bonfires and hayrides, fun for all,
caramel apples and smores bites
fill tummies midst those dunking calls.
Bobbing for apples, ghoulish frights
are all part of October fare;
fall festivals and frightful dights
round out the Trick or Treat scare.
Then as the month comes to a close
we pull out our warm winter clothes,
wear a scarf to cover our nose.


Photo above:
Fall Apple Harvest -- Portland Monthly @


First Cup of Joe . . .

a Rondine ~~ by tkbrown
First cup of joe in early morn --
it starts the day in bliss array;
clearing the mist almost away,
aroma wafting high airborne,
opulent pleasure ever worn
throughout the day to mold the fray.
First cup of joe!

Anticipative thoughts adorn
the scent its brewing casts my way --
words to describe are wont to say,
casting aside the fog forlorn!
First cup of joe!
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The Two Greatest Commandments

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Source: Holy Bible (NKJV)

John 13:34-37 — “Love one another . . .”
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
John 13:35“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
John 13:36 — “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,”
John 13:37 — “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”

John 13:38-40 — Love the Lord they God . . .”
John 13:38 — “Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heaert, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.'”
John 13:39“‘This is the first and great commandment.'”
John 13:40“‘On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'”


Notes: by tkbrown

First, we are told to “Love the Lord thy God . . . ” above all others. If we do this, then the second – which is like unto the first – will follow. Jesus said, “This is the first and great commandment.

Second, we are to “love one another . . . ” as Jesus loved us. By this, His disciples shall be known. If we strive to emulate Christ in our lives, others can see Him in us by the love that we have one for another.

Finally, He goes on to say that “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” All else that we as Christians are required to strive toward hinges upon these two commandments. If we strive toward complete obedience of these two commandments, all else will fall into place.

27 September 1912 — On this Day . . .

William Christopher ‘W. C.’ Handy — Father of the Blues — published “Memphis Blues”, considered to be the first blues song.

On 27 September 1912, W. C. Handy, musician and ‘Father of the Blues’, published “Memphis Blues”, which is considered the first blues song.

William Christopher Handy — born 16 November 1873 in Florence, Alabama, USA — is considered one of the most influential American songwriters. While he did not create the blues genre, he took it from a regional music style (Delta blues) with a limited audiencce to one of the dominant national forces in American music. As such, he is known as the ‘Father of the Blues’.



Calendar Quindecims – September 2019

by tkbrown


The waning days of September
bring memories from days of yore,
of growing-up, learning the ways
employed by those living before.
Comforts not thought to be quite new
by those who enjoy them today —
were considered luxury then
and wood heaters merely cliche.
Summer ends with fall equinox,
cooler nights bring welcome relief,
people start thinking to months ahead
when holidays will seem too brief.
Time will become holiday blur
as days and nights begin to whirr —
and suddenly appears New Year.


Photo above:
Fall Foliage Homestead -- by Matthew Pla @


26 September 1888 — On this Day . . .

T. S. Eliot — poet, author and Nobel Laureate was born in St Louis, Missouri.

In 1948, Thomas Stearns Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry. His most famous poetic works include “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock” (1915), “The Waste Land” (1922) and “The Hollow Men” (1925).

God’s Within . . .

~~ by tkbrown

I look out above the horizon
and what do I see
but a beautiful sunset
reaching out to me.

As I scan the beautiful sunset
just what do I see
but the majestic creation
from God’s palette to me

The vibrant hues He has chosen
touch all that’s ’round about,
embracing all He created,
making simplicity stand out.

The smallest things enlarged for viewing
‘midst vibrant rays and hues that shout,
can take the breath of the viewer
showing ‘God’s Within’ without.


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