Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Whole Universe

"God is a shorthand for everything. 
Like 'tout le monde,' there's the whole universe."
~ Kurt Vonnegut

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Keep In the Sunlight

"Do not anticipate trouble, 
or worry about what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight."
~ Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Art of Art

Looking eastward

"The art of art... is simplicity."
~ Walt Whitman

Simple Contemplation
Meditation, prayer, and an empty mind. 
The birds know the sky.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Grand Teacher

"A garden is a grand teacher."
~ Gertrude Jekyll

Small little patches of work. My top garden is so huge, so I have many patches to tend to, but I am so satisfied by the baby steps, what I am able to do, with time and love.

Here's the result of two mornings -- yesterday and today -- waiting for the sunrise.

We are here for only a short time. Let's live with joy, show those we love that we do, and create our art.


 "All gardens are a form of autobiography."
~ Robert Dash

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Glory of Friendship

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, 
nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; 
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one 
when you discover that someone else believes in you 
and is willing to trust you with a friendship."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cleaning the area around my rose bush in the front, waiting for the sun to rise. With all the rain and sunshine lately, I have work to do, but the work is satisfying.

I am thinking of my classmate Susi who lives in Washington State. She is my gardening mentor. Her plant knowledge and landscaping abilities are remarkable. She works hard, yet still finds time to believe in me. Often when some plant in the garden delights me, I send a thought of gratitude westward to her.

People who help us, who inspire us, change our lives forever. And if we are lucky, they remain life-long friends.

Rose petals in sunlight.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Honest Self

"I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody 
is the gift of our honest self."
~ Fred Rogers

Even when the sun 
is blocked by clouds, 
the sky sings.

The clouds and fog are doing the tango. 
Quite a show to watch this morning!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Relentless Fidelity

"What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, 
the eye of the camera... notes with relentless fidelity." 
~ Berenice Abbott

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Picture Anything

“You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.” 
~ William Eggelston

Picture anything
A rose, a frying pan, a glove.
Your nail polish.
My sharpened pencil.

Good pictures
are talisman.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Attitude About Life

"It's the attitude about life, man. 
Looking at the light instead of the dark. 
Looking at love instead of fear. "
~ Quincy Jones

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Above All

“This above all: to thine own self be true, 
And it must follow, as the night the day, 
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” 
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Love

Happy Mother's Day

"A mother's love for her child 
is like nothing else in the world.
It knows no law, no pity,
it dates all things and crushes down 
remorselessly all that stands in its path."
~ Agatha Christie

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How Do I Work?

"How do I work? I grope."
~ Albert Einstein

"It works if you work it."
~ Johnetta B. Cole

"Work is love made visible."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Monday, April 17, 2017

Little To Do With Living

"Time … has very little to do with living 
except at its beginning or near its end."
~ Phyllis Bottome

Monday, April 10, 2017

Attain Victory In Life

"Think straight 
with love, hope, and optimism 
and you will attain victory in life."
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Air of Scientists

"Facts are the air of the scientists.
Without them you never can fly."
~ Ivan Pavlov

Ready to spread my annual mulch
Mulch Joy

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Use Your Heart

"Use your heart to see."
~ John Neel

I am that bare tree
surrendering to
the love in the sky.

Oh sun heart
Holy Spirit of the day
fill me with light.
Teach me to be me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


"Independence is happiness."
~ Susan B. Anthony

Lopping Day 5, So Much More to Do

Monday, March 27, 2017

Close To You

"The things that are close to you 
are the things you can photograph the best."
~ Sally Mann

Clouds, fog
haze and colors.

Light. All sunrises are beautiful but this morning's one is special.

Day 4 Lopping, Path Found

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Enjoy It

"I work because I enjoy it."
~ Mary Tyler Moore

Listening, watching the birds nearby and the jets leaving  Asheville airport. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Love Makes the Ride Worthwhile

 "Love doesn't make the world go round, 
love is what makes the ride worthwhile." 
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beauty, Inside and Out

Happy Birthday, Manny
“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.” 
~ Marie Lu

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hope Is Like the Sun

"Hope is like the sun, which, 
as we journey toward it, 
casts the shadow of our burden behind us."
~ Samuel Smiles