Category Archives: Quotes

In the Midst of Winter —

Friends who fled the wintry North for Florida sunshine want to know how it’s going back home. Here’s how it’s going: And here’s how we (try to) deal with it. We rub two words together until the sparks fly, until … Continue reading

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To Keep the Feast —

When I first took up painting still lifes, it was Cezanne’s apples and oranges that were my ideal and inspiration.  They were an A-B-C for me: they radiate assurance, boldness, confidence and courage. Wouldn’t you think, looking at Cezanne’s every painting, … Continue reading

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The Buddha Speaks of Happiness —

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. The Buddha

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The Universe Within —

Remember the fabulous lotus pond my friend introduced me to? It wasn’t only the beauty of the lotus flowers that so touched me when I wrote that post. For decades (this is many years ago) I carried around a quotation … Continue reading

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The Butterflies of Ephemera

“We become so consumed with chasing the butterflies of ephemera that we forget to stop, sit and focus on the eternal.” – Tim Shead Mr. Google having been less than helpful, I’m not exactly sure just who Tim Shead is … Continue reading

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The Strength of a Gingko Tree —

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson The woman who exposed the dangers of wholesale pesticide use in Silent Spring was ferociously attacked by chemical companies … Continue reading

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What is REAL?

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin, who said this, was born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, of French-Cuban ancestry. It’s apparent just from her naming that she would have a … Continue reading

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No “There” There?

Coming up dry for ideas, I had invited three improv challenges from blog viewers and received them in short order. My first two responses were On NOT Borrowing Trouble and Taking the Plunge. (As always, readers’ comments go beyond my posts … Continue reading

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Taking the Plunge —

Joss of  Crowing Crone offered as the second challenge for my  “coming-unstuck” improv session these words from Martin Luther King, the formidable civil rights leader and activist: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.” The first … Continue reading

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On NOT Borrowing Trouble —

First out of the box to suggest an improv post, Marge Katherine of  Inside-Out Café: Ok! How about you write a post about this quote “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight,” by … Continue reading

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