Handing Out Flowers Again To Anyone Who Wants Them Because It’s February And We Need Some Colour

This one’s for Dame and all the other February haters. August 21, 2007 — photo by Me.



Your Body’s a small world with many meanings.
Love. If. Yes. But. Death.
Surely I will love you a little while,
perhaps as long as I have breath.

December is thirteen months long.
July’s one afternoon; therefore.
lover’s must outwit wool,
learn how to puncture fur.

To my love’s bed, to keep her warm,
I’ll carry wrapped and heated stones.
That which is comfort to the flesh
is sometimes torture to the bones.
“Canadian Love Poem”, Alden Nowlan



Last summer I took my little pocket digital camera and walked around my Little Village taking photos of some of the great gardens we have here. It was my way of getting out into the sunshine and taking a little responsibility over my Recovery. I also had the idea of printing them off and tacking them to my wall… it would be my way of adding colour to winter.

And then it hit me that I could offer the photos on Salted to anyone who wanted them, and I did. And now there are 31 people in eight countries with my photos. But that was August and September, and now it’s February and I thought I’d make them available on a page of their own.

It’s a simple process and it’s all there on the page, so have at it… add a little colour to your winter. It’s absolutely Free.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at saltedlithium.com....
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6 Responses to Handing Out Flowers Again To Anyone Who Wants Them Because It’s February And We Need Some Colour

  1. thordora says:

    I love Alden Nowlan. He and Ogden Nash warm me right up. 🙂

  2. Kenn Chaplin says:

    Thank you! I’m going to get me a sunflower or two, favourite flower of both my late brother and me.

  3. puddlejumper says:

    Mine are still on the wall of my study behind my PC. I’m looking at them right now.

    And they still make me smile.


  4. Happy mid-February holiday!

  5. dame says:

    Such a lovely and generous idea.

    But they’re all so beautiful. I’m wishing to squish them all into a big, fabulous bouquet.

    Truly lovely, mister.

  6. Gabriel... says:

    I’ll send you my favourites later on Dame

    Happy Family Day, Justin. On this most sacred of Ontario stat-holidays I hope your FD tree burned as brightly as mine did and you used your traditional FD pounding stick to beat your government approved cow bell with great gusto.

    Puddle, I love the idea my flower photos are on your wall… it makes me smile as well.

    Thanks La Chaise, your flowers are speeding along the digital highway.

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