Infinitely healing

Green hills near our northern California home, 2003

Green hills near our northern California home, 2003

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature– the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.”  — Rachel Carson

Among the things I miss most about living in northern California is being able to see the beautiful green hills on a daily basis — but only for a relatively brief time in the spring.  The famed California sunshine quickly burns them to a golden brown for the rest of the year.  On the coastal regions of California, we experienced winter as the rainy season.  The rains would begin in December and continue steadily until February or early March.  Although the rain would become annoying at times, we always needed it badly after going months without it.  Whenever I would find myself complaining about the rains tripping the breaker and turning my outdoor Christmas lights off, or soaking my shoes and keeping the skies a gloomy gray for weeks, I would remind myself of the glorious green hills that would soon follow.


  1. Dorothy

    One of Gods’ natural beauties

    • I agree! Thanks for visiting us.

  2. Kathy

    Oh, this looks so much like the beautiful, green hills in England that I love! And how did I ever complain about the annoying but necessary rain there, too.

    • Yes – the only difference is, I bet the hills stayed green for a much longer time in England – maybe year round? And all that rain produces those lovely English gardens.

  3. Sheila

    Julia, I was reading about the California weather that would last for months. I felt compelled to share one of our beach sayings when people complain: “Wait 15 minutes. It will change!” I hope Friday was a good day for you and your family. My thoughts turned to you several times today. With a prayer, Sheila

    • Thanks so much, Sheila! Friday was a much better day than Thursday. I really appreciate your prayers — I know we are able to keep going because of the prayers people are offering for us.

  4. Love that photo, what a great toboggan hill…if they only could get snow. I try not to complain about the snow or rain…so many people aren’t getting any this year. gads, that’s not good either.

    • Yes, one of my favorite memories from college is from daily chapel, where the president of the college would stand before the students on days when the weather was nasty, and he’d say in a deep booming voice, “STUDENTS, ENJOY THE WEATHER!” He would always remind us that ALL sorts of weather was necessary to keep the earth healthy and blooming. Funny how stuff like that sticks with you for decades. You’re right, those hills would be amazing in the snow, but they never see any.

  5. Mike Bertoglio

    Today in Seattle we are still fogged in by a heavy conversion zone. At the bottom it is 32 degrees and foggy, but 1000 feet up it is sunny and 52. Unfortunately we are at the bottom, but the skiers at Snoqualamie pass are loving it. It is like a cap that has persisted for 10 days now. I fear my Mandevilla may have succumbed out on the deck.
    I wonder if you could post how to go about starting a blog. I would like to post about some of my experiences as a wanna be jazz musician. Some funny some sad, but most are informative – to me anyway. And it would be a nice way to kind of organise stuff if I get around to write a memoir for the grandkid.

    • Mike, I know of many people whose blog led to a book. And as you mention, it’s a great way to organize thoughts and get them recorded. It’s less overwhelming than the idea of a book because blogging can be done in small segments and you may end up going in a direction you did not anticipate at first, which also happens with writing a book. I wish I had enough expertise to give advice about how to start, but I am learning as I go and still don’t know the best way to do most things related to blogging. I can point you to some good resources. My favorite blog on this topic is Edie Melson’s The Write Conversation. Edie is wonderfully supportive and knows all about the various social media. Also, there’s a book published by Writer’s Digest called How to Blog a Book and its author, Nina Amir, also has a blog by the same title. I think you’d do well to read these authors who know way more than I do about this. But one thing I can tell you is that you can learn by doing, and if you want to practice first, you can set your blog to be visible only to you before you publish it online. Good luck – with blogging and with the Mandevilla. I never knew it could be warmer at high altitudes. Interesting!

  6. Mike Bertoglio

    Also great quote from Rachel Carson. Very spiritutal. I was assigned her book, “Silent Spring.”in freshman biology class.

    • I’ve never read the whole thing but I have read parts of it. It’s one of those classic works that is often quoted.


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