Thursday, January 15, 2015

Flows

 
"If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me." {Rumi}

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Aesthete

 

aesthete
(adj.) someone with deep sensitivity to the beauty of art or nature 
 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Exit

 
Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
{William Butler Yeats}

Friday, August 22, 2014

Green Darner Goddess


In my previous post I had mentioned that I would photograph the progress of my self-sown planter full of snapdragons, campanula, and catmint that looked like this in June:


While photographing the August planter, I focused in closer and discovered this beauty was sitting there on the snapdragons all the while! I was astonished!

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ah, Summer

Each morning, in the days since the weather has warmed and the flowers have sprouted up and begun their blooming, I walk around my gardens with my first cup of coffee in hand to see what surprise will greet me.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where to Be Happiest...

Wild Phlox
Tiny Pink Wild Rosebuds
Black-winged Damselfly
Common Toad
 
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”  
{Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast}

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Homage, Mother

 
 
 
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
{Henry Ward Beecher}
 
Happy Mother' Day to my Mom, who has a gem of a heart and has taught me so very much.
I am forever grateful~*
My Mother's Heart
 
 
 


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homage, Om

 
 
om

(n.) In Hinduism and other Indian religions, a sacred syllable considered the greatest of all mantras. The syllable om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in the Sanskrit, the vowels a and u join to become o), which represent three important triads: earth, atmosphere, and heaven; the major Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva; and the sacred Vedic scriptures, Rig, Yajur, and Sama. Thus om mystically embodies the essence of the universe. It is uttered at the beginning and end of Hindu prayers, chants, and meditation and is also freely used in Buddhist and Jain rituals.
Concise Encyclopedia
 

Triad of Trees



Monday, April 14, 2014

Tremendous Power

"As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or dehumanized." {Haim Ginott}

Today I cleaned out my art room. I had plans to dump a whole bunch of things, but as I sifted through materials, I realized I needed only to let go of the dried markers and a few other miscellaneous items that had been around too long.  Mostly, I took the time to examine much of what I had saved over time. (I was even happy to find a couple of items I thought I had tossed.)

Amongst the items I examined were a half dozen laminated quotes I had hung in my classroom when I was a teacher. I was struck by the acumen of Haim Ginott's words. It is so on-target and I have such awareness of this even now when I visit classrooms. I shuddered a little to think of the tremendous power teachers hold.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homage, Soul's Whole Truth

 
 

The Soul's Whole Truth
Here, with no audience but trees,
let your heart speak freely.
Where the elders once gathered
to pass an eagle feather
round their sacred circle,
hand to hand,
find your life's bold path
and let it call you forward.

Take the feather when it comes to you,
and dare to be transformed.
As wings spread wide,
rise above the tree tops,
open sky inviting you into

the soul's whole truth.

           {Danna Faulds}