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Welcome to May & Mothers Tribute
May 04, 2020

(Moon shot, Saturday near dusk.)

Are you staying safe?

Things are good around here.

While many states are slowly opening up, Michigan pretty much remains under lock down.

The new date extends to May 28th.

Thankfully we can garden and go for walks.

We are safe, how about you?

Welcome to May, my favorite month of the year.

Karen says hers is Christmas season, does that really count?

The weather this past weekend was glorious.

Lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60's to lower 70's around here (this is spring).

Sadly, temperatures are going to fall as the week goes.

Some of the reasons why I enjoy May so much ........

Earth comes to life in full force.

Plants are turning green and many trees are in full bloom right now (allergies and all).

The Calendar flips from April to May and just like that, I can almost bank on some feathered friends showing up.

New life emerges, as birds hatch and furry creatures test out wobbly legs. 

White-crowned sparrows, Baltimore orioles (on occasion an Orchard oriole visits), and Rose-breasted grosbeaks.

An added bonus this weekend, a Northern flicker visited the peanut feeder (we get them later in the season).

I have never seen a Brown thrasher in my yard before.

I have seen them in the fields around here, and growing up we always had at least on nesting pair.

This past Saturday I just happened to spot this one thrashing around the leaf litter.

A Blessed Weekend indeed.

People, birds, and other critters.

Hopefully hummingbirds will appear this week.

I'm the first to admit it's a woman's world, but it is a different program when it comes to mom.

I used write a special issue in honor of moms every where.

(Mothers Day is May 10.)

This week is in honor of all Moms.

And we can't forget "Mother Nature"(God our Creator), the ultimate mom.

This is one of those topics where I can say I don't really know where or how to start, yet moms of all species need to be honored and respected.

Your mom needs to be loved and appreciated, just like you need to be.

Even if that special person has passed on like my mother, mom needs to be remembered and loved.

I mention this every year, but mom doesn't have to be the person that gave birth to you.

Mom can be a grandmother, an aunt, maybe a big sister or step or foster mom.

Mom can be your dad, grandpa, big brother or uncle.

Mom is the one that helped to raise you and hopefully the best she (or he) knew how.

If you are my generation or older, more than likely mom was at home.

True, few moms had jobs outside the house.

Mom was there when we came home from school.

She was there for all those boring schools plays and parent, teacher ordeals.

Mom was a nurse in more ways than one.

She knew how to fix a scraped knee and how to help heal a young man's breaking heart.

Things I took for granted as I was growing up.

Hey, mom was always there, right?

Or so it seemed.

(White-crowned sparrow)

Many moms today work outside the home, but that doesn't make them less of a mom.

Think of all she (or he) must do.

Bring home the bacon and find time to cook it.

Keep house, do laundry, find time to help with home work, and the list is almost non ending.

Who else could do all of this but a MOM?

My mother has been gone for several years now.

Sometimes it seems much longer and other times it seems like yesterday.

The times I yearn to call her, and missing her wisdom.

My mother was a very important mentor to me and for sure helped me in my walk with the Lord.

One of my greatest honors was when my mom told me "your more than a son to me, you have become a friend as well" (tears in my eyes as I write this).

Single parents can really have it rough and that can be dad also being your mom.

You may have been raised by your dad or another important male figure in your life.

You need to think of them on mothers day too.

Aunts, grandma, sis.

Whom ever had an important role in your life, needs to be recognized this coming Mothers Day.

Yes, that special person or persons needs to be honored, even if they no longer are with you.

Take a look into the animal kingdom.

Many creatures have only mom to rely on for daily survival and training.

Bears, ducks, hummingbirds, deer and a host of others that rely on mom to do it all.

Build the nest, lay on the eggs, give birth, suckle, hunt, feed, and train them how to hunt and fend for them selves and hopefully not lose any along the way.

Fat chance of that happening though.

It seems that in the animal kingdom, there is much more success when there are two parents as in the case of some birds and fox or raising young by committee, like lions, elephants and so on.

Parents and guidance are needed.

Good parents are a must.

The ultimate mom is "Mother Nature".

We know of "Mom Nature" as the birds, butterflies, woods, lakes and streams.

You might even pause to think of the air we breathe.

Now pause for a moment and really think about "Mother Nature".




To me, "Mother Nature" isn't just about nature, but nature and our Creator.

I believe that both combine to make Mother Nature. (Can you really have one without the other?)

Nature was designed to take care of us, and for us to respect and love her back.

Growing up in the 60's and 70's, many of us lived with a throw away mind set.

That's the way we were brought up after all.

We threw just about everything every where.

Our roads and streets were cluttered with garbage and trash ( a guy could make a few bucks collecting bottles and returning them to stores and bars.)

You may remember how dirty thing looked.

Yards and gardens were treated much the same as we gave them a liberal dose of herbicides and insecticides.

But, we don't live on a throw away planet.


Mother Earth is very much alive and was created to be a 'Healthy, Living Planet'.

Eventually, Mother Nature became somewhat ill from all the toxins and destruction that was taking place.

What happens when you become ill?

(Rose-breasted grosbeak)

Bad eating habits,  you hurt our muscles, fracture bones, abuse your body?

The same happens to Mom Nature, and she began to rebel and showed signs of weakness.

Funny thing, the more civilized the human race became, the more destructive we became.

To this day, in parts of the world where tribes remain pretty much as they were hundreds if not thousands of years ago, the people take care of "Mother Earth", because they know she takes care of them.

They also understand there is a Creator of it all.

A look at American history shows us and tells us how the American Indian had such respect and love for our planet.

They knew that she would provide and take care of them if they continued to love and respect earth.

"Mother Nature", much like our own moms and for sure like our Creator is very forgiving.

Give earth a chance to heal and most of the time she will, I've seen it happen.

Good stewardship on our part can help earth to heal and gives "Mother Nature" some love and respect she deserves.

It also shows God, some love and respect, toward him and all of creation made for us to enjoy and respect.

Nature provides mankind to hunt and gather for survival.

"Mother Nature" offers us the ultimate playground and learning center.

We are made to explore and be curious about our surroundings.

To wonder how things work and ask why...............

Even if we never find the answers.

We are the only species that can plan for the future.

We are the only species created to do a lot of things.

Remember this .......

"We Need Nature, Nature Doesn't Need Us".

It is time we gave "Mother Nature" the respect and some love so richly deserved.

It is time to give back.

(Brown thrasher)

While you're at it, a thank you to the "ALMIGHTY" for this awesome gift we call earth, would be nice too.

Yes, Mothers Day is for anyone and everyone that had that important role of raising and loving you.

A mother's love is a special love.

A tender love.

A forgiving love.

A love that lasts, even when our earthly mom is gone.

Because of all the Mothers in your life, you are here today.

You are special because they made time for you.


Well, It's time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your thought of the week.

God Bless.

The world is good natured to people who are good natured.

William Thackeray

Take note from God's word.   

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Psalm 96:11-12

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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