Scattered Jewels – After the Storm

Scattered jewels left behind after the storm.


The multi-talented, Katherine Tegen, took this gorgeous photograph. It captures the fallen leaves left behind by Superstorm Sandy on the back porch of Katherine’s home in Manhattan. When I saw this picture posted on her facebook page, it reminded me of my father, a former Kung Fu trainer. He studied Chinese philosophy and believed in the concept of Yin-Yang – that seemingly contradictory forces are interconnected and dependent upon one another. You can’t have shadow without light, fear without hope, and in this case, ravage without renewal.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all of our friends and loved ones on the East Coast.

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17 Responses to Scattered Jewels – After the Storm

  1. Shelly T says:

    What a beautiful post Holly. We were fortunate in that the biggest damage we had was a few blown off roof tiles. So many others weren’t nearly as lucky.

    Renewal can come in many different forms; new growth, rebuilding and the rediscovery of caring and compassion.

    My heart goes out to those facing such hardship as we move into the cold months and upcoming holidays.

  2. hollyyoumans says:

    Beautifully put Shelly.

  3. Wow. Great photo! I love your perspective, Holly 🙂 Sending my love to those on the East Coast.

  4. hollyyoumans says:

    Thanks Jess! My littlest one saw Katherine’s picture on my screensaver yesterday and asked me all sorts of questions. We are all keeping the East Coast peeps close to our hearts.

  5. danielle says:

    Great post Hol! You summed it up perfectly. My continued well wishes to all those affected!

  6. Joan McAllaster says:

    Holly, I loved the photo and good wishes. We all need to be thankful for what we have and learn to embrace the moment. You, your words and thoughts are all so beautiful!

  7. Sabrina Lucero says:

    Beautiful. It’s a gorgeous photo and interpretation. When I saw it, the first thing to come to mind was the children’s quote “Even weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them!” (Winnie the Pooh!) The weeds of the situation may be Hurricane Sandy and the wreckage it left, and the flowers are the “scattered jewels,” as put by Holly. Simply said, this is a photo that gives hope. The destruction will be reconstructed as something even more beautiful and innovative than the original, but at the saddening cost of the original. Hopes and prayers go out to the East coasters.

  8. hollyyoumans says:

    So glad you’re famiy is on the West Coast safe and sound Danielle!

  9. Stacey says:

    Hey, Holly! Well said! While I don’t have any family or friends in the areas the storm hit, my heart goes out to those affect. I pray for their strength and resilience to help carry them through.

  10. The colors in that photo are amazing. Yes, it speaks to the beauty in nature that we need to hold onto in times when areas are ravished by storms.

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