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A Season of Knowledge and Wisdom

Updated on March 31, 2017

Winter Sky

March 19th - One Day Before Spring
March 19th - One Day Before Spring | Source


Mark Twain: “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. Robins Williams: “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” William Shakespeare: “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." However, my favorite quote about spring comes from Margaret Atwood because it speaks to my heart. “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Oh, how I long to have my hands in the soil of this good earth just one more time.


Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." Oliver Wendell Holmes: “One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Carl G. Jung: “Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.” Wilbur and Orville Wright: “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” Confucius has one of my favorite quotes: “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”


John Barrymore: “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” Daniel Webster: “Wisdom begins at the end.” Chinese Proverb: “A single conversation with a wise man is better than 10 years of study.” Alfred Lord Tennyson: “Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” Immanuel Kent: “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Abraham Lincoln: "And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” The late baseball Hall of Fame player, Leroy (Satchel) Paige asked a wonderful question: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

Backyard Paradise

Deer in my backyard
Deer in my backyard | Source


Living in the Northeastern United States, one learns all too quickly how unpredictable the weather can be during the months of spring. Small and mighty the crocus, hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips push open the manhole covers of the earth. The annual event rewards an appreciative audience with hope and stimulates our senses of sight and smell. When daytime temperatures reach into the 40s and nighttime coolness dips down into the 20s it signals that maple season is upon us. The maple trees are tapped and the sap is collected over a one-month period. Towns, villages, and farms begin to hold their maple syrup festivals as the sap is taken to sugar houses and turned into light, medium and dark amber maple syrup. The heavy aroma wafting through the air drips with delicious sweetness.

Signs of Spring

Chippy the chipmunk loves my lawn ornament
Chippy the chipmunk loves my lawn ornament | Source


Although March was not a good month for Julius Caesar, it proves over and over how glorious the commencement dance of new life can be. Trees, shrubs and various plants awaken with the revival of buds, flowers and green blades of grass. The heart grows fonder with the sounds of the morning doves and their medley played while nesting. Chipmunks begin to surface from their dens, scurrying across the patio and front steps appearing to ask, “Hey, Mr. Page, where did all of the peanuts go?” The male house sparrow chirps his songs of love in his quest to find a lifelong partner. You see, the house sparrows are monogamous unless their mate dies during mating season at which time they are replaced almost immediately. It is interesting to note that seagulls are also monogamous. Perhaps their marriage longevity has something to do with a prolonged breeding season which lasts between three and five months.

Commencement ceremonies fill lawns, gymnasiums, auditoriums, and arenas as one season of educational life reached its fruition and a new season of wisdom begins.

Marriages, both traditional and non-traditional greet the springtime with dreams, love, and companionship that will ideally last a lifetime. We tiptoe through the tulips of life in our quest to commit our lives to another. Our hearts are exposed, defying the odds, believing instead that hope springs eternal.


Seagulls on a man made pond in Cortland, New York
Seagulls on a man made pond in Cortland, New York | Source

Life Lessons


How can we expect a bountiful crop to feed upon if the fields of life are not rotated and seeded properly?

Quietly summer makes her arrival bringing forth an abundance of ripened fruits and vegetables. The technicolor of life plays in the theaters of our eyes while we are entertained with glorious beauty that surrounds us.

Homegrown Tomatoes

My tomatoes ripening on the vine.
My tomatoes ripening on the vine. | Source

Summer Flowers

My Lilies
My Lilies | Source

Autumn Leaves

Autumn is a season or a state of being, signifying a time of exhausted minerals, nutrients, growth and energy. The earth has performed well, but alas she is tired and needs the winter months to sleep and restore herself for another year. Many creatures and plants will live to see another season, yet sadly, some will not survive. It becomes apparent the cycle of life has been completed.


My Backyard Maple Tree
My Backyard Maple Tree | Source

Knowledge and Wisdom

Knowledge teaches us the fundamentals of coexistence with the world. However, wisdom becomes our guide when navigating us through the changing lanes of life.

Age, life experiences and wisdom have taught me the reality that although I may know a little about a lot of subjects, in actuality, I know I don't know a lot about much of life. The cycle is an ongoing learning curve.

Andrea Bocelli

Personal Reflection

My travels on the Interstates of life led me in many directions. I faced hairpin turns, rain-slicked, ice covered and snow filled highways. Some routes brought me to the edge, resulting in cliffhanger perils. Mudslides created detours...providing me second chances to veer off of a dangerous course and hop on the slow and scenic country roads of serenity. It has been a lifetime of trial and error, but, in the final analysis, my navigational system has corrected itself and put me on the right path.

I have been taught much taking the tour of the seasons in my life. I've learned. I have gained knowledge. However, more importantly, wisdom has shown me how to be the person I aspired to be.

It's been a fantastic ride and I eagerly look forward to logging many more miles on this glorious journey.


Knowledge or Wisdom

Do you believe there is a difference between wisdom and knowledge?

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    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I'm happy you found this article useful and I appreciate your votes of confidence.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, pagesvoice. I needed it this afternoon after some conflict earlier on that left me unsettled. I'm loving spring and am looking forward to all the summer has to offer. I try to not take anything for granted, but to enjoy all that life brings my way each day. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      It was a nice surprise to see your comment this morning. Daniel Webster's quote about wisdom beginning at the end is, indeed, a powerful message.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like daniel webster quote, springtime is the best time of the year

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Great quotes and beautiful photos pagesvoice, I like the quote A conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study! so true!

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Which hub are you referring to?

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ d.william - I couldn't agree with you or Barbara more. On a side note, I'm having a little back and forth on one of your hubs, but because we are fairly like minded I'm simply having a game of wits and morals with the responder and I believe you will approve. Thanks again.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      "hypnotizing" (mesmerizing) that is the perfect description.

      To paraphrase one of your quotes above: “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” -------

      My favorite has always been: "The more i learn, the more i realize how much i don't know" .

      I heard Barbara Streisand make this comment on some talk show she was on many years ago, and have never forgotten it. It is so true. That is why i find it unbelievable when people make comments that they swear is the truth, but we know that it is not.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ d.william - I am glad you enjoyed my article. Quite honestly, this piece took me longer to write than any of my other stories. Here's a Zen Proverb, "Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday." Like you, I too love Bocelli. His voice is almost hypnotizing.

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      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      What a wonderfully delightful and uplifting article. I have never heard the changing seasons of both time and age described so well.

      Great video choice to accompany this masterpiece. Andrea Bocelli has been one of my favorites for many years.

      Great quotes, beautiful pictures - you seem to have captured it all.

      Great job.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ ChitrangadaSharan - Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my article. I'm glad you appreciated my photos and quotes. I too loved the quotes and found it somewhat challenging finding the right ones to use.

      One thing I find bewildering about some people as they age is the perpetual frown on their faces. That is not the way I live or approach life. To me, everyday I'm above ground is a good day and a blessing that I embrace.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful pictures, meaningful quotes---all in all very interesting hub!

      And yes, I do believe that there is a difference between 'Wisdom' and 'Knowledge.'

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub!

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @billybuc - I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to spend a few minutes reading and commenting on my story. I'm pleased you enjoyed my writing style and my message. Again, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Really a beautiful piece of writing here my friend. Great reflections about life; my kind of writing for sure.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Aloha Joe. Leave it to you in noticing my wheelbarrow. That wheel barrel serves me well, my friend.

      As you may have noticed, I don't do much publishing during the spring and summer months. Being outside (much like your walking adventures) puts me literally and figuratively in a different place and state of mind. I know you are fully cognizant what this feeling is like.

      Is it happenstance that we have connected in this format? For you see Joe, I believe we both have similar, if not mirrored styles of writing. Honestly, when I finish reading one of your stories, inevitably I comment to my wife how much your words sound like mine.

      Thank you again for your continued support.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ aviannovice - As mere humans, we sometimes think we are invincible and will live forever. However, when we get older we begin to realize just how precious life is.

      I have watched my neighbors become old and a few have passed on. Then, suddenly something miraculous happens. A young couple will buy the home once occupied by the elderly couple and begin having their own family. I use the analogy of my order to have healthy crops, you need to turn the soil and rotate your plantings. Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ AudreyHowitt - I am glad you liked reading my hub and I appreciate your comment.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ tillsontitan - I'm glad you liked my hub and pleased with your votes of confidence.

      I think chipmunks are fascinating creatures. I actually miss watching them during the winter months when they return to their burrows. They have a unique tunnel system with a room for living quarters, a storage room for food and a separate area used for bathroom privileges. Now, to me, that is amazing wisdom, packed into these tiny critters. Thanks again for taking time to read and comment.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ grandmapearl - I am pleased to see your footprint on my little story. Thank you for the votes and the pin.

      As you well know, living in this area we are aware that if we don't like the weather we just need to wait 24 hours because it will soon change. Make hay while the sun shines is pretty much a way of life here.

      Brace yourself for the heatwave this week and I don't need to tell you to keep the plants watered and the bird baths filled.

      I hope you enjoy you summer.

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ ImKarn23 - I can't begin to thank you enough for your continued support and thoughtful words of encouragement. I have been blessed to have you as a friend and pal that has been going on now for a few years. I'm glad you appreciate my yard. As a stubborn old Taurus, I'm one of the few that refuses to hire a lawn service. Furthermore, I do not use a riding mower. In a sick kind of way I find comfort in spending hours mowing, weed whacking, gardening and even doing the back breaking weeding. I loathe being a prisoner inside the house, so during spring, summer and fall I try my best to create my own little piece of serenity and paradise. Consequently, during these months my writing does go on the back burner, only to be reheated and fired up during those rainy, cold and snowy days of life. Thank you again, Ms. L.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Dennis, this piece showcased your wonderful writing talent. I loved the imagery, via both your words and photos. Great-looking tomatoes, by the way! And the wheelbarrow leaning against the tree is definitely a terrific writing prompt--tells me a lot about its owner...that he's hard-working AND that he keeps things in order. The lawn is gorgeous! And your maple tree? I could drink apple cider and stare at that tree for hours, eventually surfacing with a hub or two. The quotes were well selected and very appropriate for your theme. But my favorite line of all? "Small and mighty the crocus, hyacinth, daffodils and tulips push open the manhole covers of the earth." I loved your hub and am proudly sharing it with the world! Aloha, and may your weekend have lots in store for you!


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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The amazing ebb and flow of life bounds from one time period to the next. Only then is the circle of life complete.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      This is lovely!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      What a great hub! You have touched the seasons beautifully and gathered such a great array of quotes.

      You pictures are lovely and I got a chuckle out of the chipmunk pic, I've never seen a chipmunk on a statue before! I enjoyed this especially being from the northeast ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      This was a beautiful read, filled with awesome images. I loved the deer in your beautiful yard, and the seagulls on the pond in Cortland. New York weather is indeed unpredictable at best. We have it all thrown at us, and we never quite know what season we're experiencing!

      I very much enjoyed your poetic look at life's twists and turns. I, like you, have found a peaceful path. Excellent writing, my NYS friend ;) Pearl

      Voted UP+++ and pinned

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Many people are 'taught' - few actually learn! i simply love your writing, Big D! You gift us with it so rarely, and yet - it's pure poetry!

      Not to mention your life's perspective and your love of nature. all creatures, big and small - the soil, the forests, the lakes.

      Good lord, man - what a gorgeous yard you have! You have reaped what you sowed so lovingly, and, you deserve it all - and MORE, my friend!

      sharing on.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ pstraubie48 - Thank you for the vote and for sharing. It's good to have a foundation of knowledge and wisdom, passed down from parents to children. When that happens, the building blocks of a productive life are there to build upon.

      Finding the right quotes for this piece took some time because I wanted to use those that fit best. When doing the research it became obvious to me just how many people (past and present) are so wise and profound in thoughts and deeds. Thank you again, Dennis.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Enjoyed reading this very much. Wisdom is what my Momma and Daddy had an abundance of and passed along to me, thankfully. Not that I am nearly as wise as they were at all times.

      This collection of quotes contains much food for thought.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      @ klidstone - Thank you for popping in and leaving your footprint on my story. Your comment is most appreciated. Robin Williams quote was pretty funny, but my favorite was the quote from Satchel Page because it made me sit back and really think about the answer I would give.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

      5 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      This is a beautiful piece and I do have to say I love the Robin Williams quote!


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