Thursday, July 30, 2009


"The more I study Nature,
the more I am amazed at the Creator."
Louis Pasteur

Cloud Illusions

"I've looked at clouds
from both sides now
From up and down,
and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all."
~Joni Mitchell

Today's Asheville sunrise: all about the clouds...And Joni Mitchell & Louis Pasteur.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Simple and Heroic

"...the old dawn of time,
when a solid and blooming health
reigned and every deed
was simple and heroic..."
~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One Change

"One change leaves the way open
for the introduction of others."
~ Niccolo Machiavelli
Sometimes when I am homesick, I imagine there's ocean beneath the fog...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What We Make It

"Life is what we make it,
always has been, always will be."
Grandma Moses

They say that sunlight disinfects. But more. Sunlight clarifies, sustains, and empowers. Sunlight is life, a celebration of life.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Passions, Great Passions

Butler Mountain, West Virginia

passions, great passions
can elevate the
soul to great things"
~ Denis Diderot
View from the cabin porch. Solitude and silence. With the pretty landscape comes quiet reflection...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Carry Your Heart

Butler Mountain, West Virginia

"i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it (anywhere..."
~ e.e. cummings

Dee Cator who composes and plays keyboards by ear, created beautiful original music for her stepson's recent wedding. A lifelong artist, she has a great cd and continues to create heart-felt songs. For more info, please contact her at

To listen to a sample of her music, click: Baker Wedding

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mountains Run Up

Butler Mountain, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
"Mountains run up like walls,
with little flat land between,
and the people who live there
(in West Virginia)
like it that way.
They have mortal fear, some of them,
of country where there are no hills
to protect them from the wind."
~ Virgil Carrington Jones
West Virginia is rugged terrain, great beauty. Before becoming a state in 1863, "western Virginia" and "West Virginia" were used interchangeably to describe the Western half of Virginia.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Red Has Guts

"Red has guts…
deep, strong, dramatic.
A geranium red.
A Goya red… to be used like gold
for furnishing a house…"
~ Valentino Garavani Valentino