This morning as Winter lurks over the hills and the first frost came in the night, I reflected on the nature of our paths. I found this miraculous web in the grass while temporarily living in the Shenandoah Valley during what was the worst period in my life. This utterly beautiful construction was made by an anonymous spider who invested hours of work in the cause of catching something to eat. I wondered at the time if the spider was aware of its aesthetic or if it just spun a web because that is what a spider does. Was it aware of how fragile and perfect this construction was? We can’t know. But there it was that damp morning, spectacular in the way it caught the light and turned it to diamonds. It reminds me now that during dark times we must do what is in us to do. Maybe someone in our web will have delight and catch diamonds from it. Nature has lessons if we listen and look.