Walktober

Take nothing but your memories; leave nothing but your footprints.  — Native American Chief Seattle

I traveled to Douglas-Hart Nature Center in central Illinois for my Walktober, a group walk organized by Robin over at Breezes at Dawn. If you’d like to join in the fun, do so and link here so she can include you.

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Counting Down

A writer only begins a book, it is the reader who completes it; for the reader takes up where the writer left off as new thoughts stir within him. ~David Harris Russell

That’s a writer’s hope anyway.

To inspire, entertain, encourage, motivate, and so on.

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Love … or Not!

Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance. ~Dan Greenburg, American writer

There once was a caramel-colored cat

Who discovered a lass as she sat

He snuggled up close

She thought he was gross

And that was the end of that!

 

What Price Beauty?

A bargain ain’t a bargain unless it’s something you need.  ~Sidney Carroll, American film and TV writer

You have to be a pretty good detective when you have sensitive skin … and allergies.

Makeup counters, laundry detergents, and even shopping can be perilous. No wonder, since skin is the largest organ we humans have (about 20 square feet in area!)

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Sophomore Novel Slump

There are no easy methods of learning difficult things; the method is to close your door, give out that you are not at home, and work. ~Joseph de Maistre, French moralist and philosopher

“They” say once you’ve written one book, it’s easy to write another.

Don’t believe them … they lie.

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Sunday’s Gem — Amazonite

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

Because there are so few turquoise-colored stones, one like Amazonite is particularly striking.

Thanks to http://www.mineralminers.com for this amazonite specimen

Ranging in color from light green to blue green — often with white veining — Amazonite is a member of the Feldspar family. It carries a 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10) and can be found in shades of white, yellow, pink, red, gray, or even colorless.

The presence of lead is what gives it its color.

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