The C2S blog draws on the arts, the social and biological sciences to explore the many meanings of health and "dis-ease." Designed to be a locus where patients, their families and professionals can meet on a level playing field, it is the natural off-shoot of the Cell 2 Soul Online Journal. We encourage the submission of ideas, essays, poems, stories, humor, and timely reviews relating to the humanities and health care.
bright sunshine, clear sky a field of scattered lanterns autumnal prologue
(haiku and photos by Yoon Cohen)
Down Green River Road, in Williamstown, there's a small public park, River's Edge Park, that is rarely frequented. In the late summer and fall a large portion of the ground is covered by Chinese lanterns. Over the years, I have watched this ornamental weed spread over the grounds. Its orange flowers are down-hanging bells of arresting beauty.
"Chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized." (Wikipedia) Chicory thrives in Williamsown and brightens our roadsides.
A world-famous collection of waterlilies incongruously resides in a little west central Texas city plagued by heat, drought and wildfire. Here are hundreds of hardy and tropical waterlilies blooming day and night. See the NY Times article: Texas Waterlily Refuge. The multimedia link is pretty amazing.
Water lilies float Serene and motionless as Raindrops splash the pool Basho