After so many years, time is ripe. Many flowers have blossomed in my garden and others have slowly wilted. I found beauty in both and decided to gather my thoughts as nature wants. Childhood memories have accompanied me shedding light on my path and nurturing my grounds . My passage from the "New World" to the "Old World" has enriched my life. There is no regret because there was actually no leaving and no arriving. The simple joy of life is what I am inspired by: nature, love for mankind and respect for myself. May all my readers find in my verses and pictures something familiar to cherish and remember along the way.