Sunday’s Gem — Onyx

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Do you travel at night? Do you need some help in focusing? Do you suffer from negative emotions like fear or anxiety?

Then, by all means, get yourself some Onyx.

Thanks to for this closeup of Onyx

Thanks to for this closeup of Onyx

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Mired in darkness,
Gasping for air,
Overpowering tremors,
Haunting memories.
When will it end?

Restless sleep,
Relentless nightmares.
No peace by day,
No calm at night.
Bone-weary exhaustion.

A point of light appears
Far in the distance,
A beacon of hope
Is glimmering.
Hard to stay blue forever.

Taking baby steps
Toward normalcy.
Learning to trust
Through sheer willpower.
Don’t hurt me again.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

Watching the corn grow is part of an Illinois summer.

Here’s what one field looked like on June 6 of this year:


And, just three weeks later, on June 28:


In case you’re wondering, I measured one of the errant stalks:


A strapping three feet! And it’s not even the Fourth of July yet!

Sunday’s Gem — Amethyst

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

The word Amethyst comes from old Greek words for “not” and “intoxicated.”

Amethyst beads, 6 mm round

Amethyst beads, 6 mm round

This purple, lilac, or mauve quartz, you see, was supposed to guard against drunkenness and instill a sober mind. Ancient Greeks and Romans studded their goblets with Amethyst for just that reason.

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Sticky Business

Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. ~Leo Buscaglia, American author and motivational speaker

Tell me I’m witty, clever, and pretty.
Tell me I make your world whole.
Tell me you love me, say it out loud.
Buy me more flowers and gold.

Take me with you whenever you can.
Call me from work every day.
Surprise me with baubles, trinkets, and such.
Never neglect me in any way.

They don’t call me diva for nothing, you know.
I’m needy, demanding, and rare.
I expect your attention, presence, and heed.
My pleasure, your only care.

(Some people are just like honeysuckle vines
And won’t stand on their own two feet.)

Reply to my texts the minute you see them.
Answer my calls when I ring.
Don’t make plans with your friends on Saturday night,
Only to me shall you cling.

I don’t like fishing or sports or hunting,
Don’t bore me with lifting weights.
Your job is simple: make sure I’m happy,
And the wolf’s away from the gates.

High maintenance? Yes, but I’m worth it, you know,
What else would you do with your time?
Look how much pleasure I bring to your life.
Without me, you’re not worth a dime.

(Are you sure you want such a sticky bond?
I’d beat a path ‘cross the street!)

Note: I’ve known people like this, haven’t you? They’re clingy and demanding; nothing but complete adoration will keep them satisfied (and even that sometimes isn’t enough).