On the Market: Weston colonial blessed with both birdsong and silence

WESTON - Dorothy Nell McDonald wrote a poem called "The Birthday Wish," which has found its way into countless greeting cards over several decades.

In her simple but eloquent eight-line poem she wishes the reader joy, but not without sorrow, and brilliant sun, but not without "the healing dark;" perhaps inspired by the knowledge that one cannot have a rainbow without sun and rain. McDonald's poem concludes with the powerful words: "I wish you songs, but also blessed silence - And God's sweet peace when every day is done."