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Trees 

by
Joyce Kilmer

   

I think I shall never see

a poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Fall is a spectacular season.  I am grateful for the opportunity to
experience it as I care for my mother in her Indiana home.
  As trees make the transition between
summer and winter, I am in awe of God’s beauty.
  The colors change from pale to brilliant.
Greens change to yellow, orange, red, and brown.
 Every day is a new color palette.  

These fall colors remind me of the mantra in our Growing
Healthy Kids workshops for children and parents:  Eat rainbows. Eat foods of many colors, for
they contain different vitamins and minerals that complement each other.

Some of the colorful and locally grown foods I have used in the past
week’s meals include: napa cabbage, bok choy, spaghetti squash, butternut
squash, zucchini, red and yellow Italian peppers, spinach, garlic, heirloom
tomatoes, onions, yellow beets, and beet greens. 

What colors are on your plate?

With love and kindness,

Nancy Heinrich, MPH

Founder and Wellness Architect

Photo locations:  Culbertson Mansion on Main Street and Baptist Floyd Hospital on State Street, New Albany, Indiana

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