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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