This week calls us to remember those that have served their country with Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Great Britain. This year November 11, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as the Great War. I have difficulty referring to any war as great. As a mother of a son rapidly approaching selective service age, the thought of sending my 17 year old off to war seems terrifying, if not unthinkable.


Installation at the Tower of London featuring 888,246 ceramic poppies, honoring the soldiers from Britain and the British colonies who died in World War I which ended 100 years ago today- November 11, 2014.

Currently, an installation at the Tower of London created by ceramicist Paul Cummings and theatrical designer, Tom Piper brings is titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”. They collaborated to pay tribute to all the people who have lost their lives in war and to make the intangible tangible, in a beautiful profound and healing way

Red Geranium Photograph, ©NanciHersh

Still radiant geraniums pond side with fallen leaves and koi hibernating below.

This photo of vibrant geraniums is a stark contrast to the fallen leaves of autumn in my koi pond beyond, and calls to mind that to everything there is a season.

The color red not only commands attention, but is the color of fire and blood, and is often associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power. It is also the color of passion, desire, and ultimately, love.

A Prayer and Thank you to all who have served, to their families and a reminder to all of us- to be the change we want to see in our world.

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