Tea on the Terrace


Reflection by Mary E. Latela

This page is dedicated to @berylkingston on the occasion of the publication of a new blog “Walk & Talk”

I love birthdays, including my own. I am happy to be here at age seventy. I suppose that, corresponding with added years, I’ve become more aware of putting things in their place, prioritizing projects which I plan to complete – God willing – and selecting ways to say “No!” to matters unconcerned with loving one another and working for justice for all people.

When @berylkingston shared her new blog “Walk and Talk,” I was delighted to connect with my Twitter friend, author of twenty-something substantial novels, a teacher, another fan of William Blake, and a resident of Great Britain. She is in her 80s.

@berylkingston, I love your Walk and Talk blog. That expanse of pathway atop a river(?) is lovely – something solid to take you out to Blake’s house. I tend to think that the contractors may be trying to make lots of money, without preparing a proper, formal yet cozy backdrop for followers of Blake to open their books, take out their notebooks, and write…. Free write…. Perhaps collect the essays and share them …. Reaching into the deeper level we might come to some new understanding about this gifted creative artist, with his spiritual blanket, special parchment paper, and his blessed etchings to keep food on the table.

I have a favorite setting for a photo, a copy attached here. It contains two New England chairs. When it snows here, the caption is “No Tea on the Terrace” and when it’s mild and green, “Come for Tea and sweets.”

I love the walk and talk title. Because of severe back problems, walking is sometimes very painful, even with the yoga stretching and range of motion. And my mind does not turn off at night… I think I do a pretty good job of keeping my mind active and involved as well. Plus, I read!!!

So here in the U.S. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic nominee for President! I am so elated, but also concerned as this appears to be a time of fragile peace, and many are skeptical. One older woman said to me, “Oh, no! I’m not ready for a women president!” I said nothing, but I wanted to ask if she planned to be open to that some time soon. Traditions can block our way at times.

It’s late here, so I’ll finish up and have a cup of herbal orange tea which my daughter Caroline brings over. Sweet dreams! @LatelaMary

I invite you to check out my blog at mlatela.wordpress.com, entitled, “I’ll Tell You When I’m Ready.” Mary Ellen

About @LatelaMary

Author of 14 self-help books, five still available: Prepare Him Room, Ten Steps to Peace, Healing the Abusive Family, Moments for Mothers. Breaking the Boxes: critique of institutions vs. individuals. Work-in-progress: Memoir (Sorting out Secrets)
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