Sunday’s Gem — Sodalite

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

Not discovered until 1806, Sodalite really isn’t a gemstone at all. It’s typically a rich blue mineral stone named from the Greek for “salt stone” because of its sodium content.

Sodalite also appears in gray, purple, orange, or yellow — often with white veining from traces of calcite.

Thanks to crystaldictionary.com for this photo of tumbled Sodalite

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Echolocation

Dallas here.

GUESSWHAT!!!

We had a visitor over the weekend and since Mama’s working on her next novel, I get to tell you about it.

(Mama said something about striking while the Muse is hot. Don’t ask me why she’s hitting a hot Muse. It didn’t make much sense when she said it either!)

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Nature’s Splendor

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft, U.S. Methodist minister

Perhaps Nature springs forth her best effort
I
n what to man might seem an unseemly place
N
ext to shabby surroundings such glory is
K
issed by resplendence from above.

Delicate masses of cotton candy blossoms
O
verlook a small yard in a country town
G
reeting residents and visitors alike
W
ith jaw-dropping beauty and grace
O
nly a pickup truck mars this scene
O
nly a rather dilapidated working truck
D
rive it off and let Nature’s splendor unfold!

Note: Another Acrostic poem. Seemed like time for the challenge.

Egg Hunt 2017

Dallas here.

Mama said I had to wait until The Kid (AKA Domer) came home before we could hold my annual Easter Egg Hunt.

That was probably a good idea since Easter Sunday wasn’t the prettiest of days, as I recall.

Sigh.

What else is new? Well, we’ve had days on end of rain, making it a challenge to be a long-haired dog needing to use the outdoor facilities!

And the streets in our neighborhood have been under water, so all the peoples are staying put indoors. Including Mama, who’s supposed to be working on that novel-thing.

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Sunday’s Gem — Smoky Quartz

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

Ancient Romans carved intaglio seals with it. The Chinese used it for making snuff boxes and an early form of sunglasses. The Swiss, Germans, and Austrians used crucifixes made from it to protect against bad luck and evil.

What is “it”?

Smoky Quartz.

Photo courtesy of Mid-Georgia Gem and Mineral Society

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NOW it’s Spring

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  ~Doug Larson, American journalist

There once was a wee Dandelion
Who said, “‘Tis true, I’m not lyin’.
Don’t call me a weed,
I’m precious indeed.
Who else can thrive without tryin’?”

Don’t Give Up!

In literature, when nine hundred and ninety-nine souls ignore you, but the thousandth buys your work, or at least borrows it — that is called enormous popularity. ~Arnold Bennett (1867–1931), English writer

You could have knocked me over with a feather the day I learned somebody wanted to publish my book.

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