Sunday’s Gem — Amber

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

Polished Amber stone, thanks to the Gemological Institute of America, Inc.

Neither a true crystal or a mineral, Amber is an organic gem (others include pearl, coral, and petrified wood) deriving from the fossilized resin of now-extinct evergreen trees over millions of years.

The oldest Amber on earth is estimated to be 320 million years of age!

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Coping in Difficulty

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are not taking cold. ~John Jay Chapman, American author

My mother is a worrier.

And by that, I mean she worries over everything.

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Going, Going, Gone

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. ~James Russell Lowell, American poet

Remember this?

I decided you might be interested in the rest of the story, so here goes:

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Waiting and Watching

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. ~Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)

Shivering as the north wind howls

Ice clings to evergreen boughs

When will spring return?

 

March 20 or thereabouts

Don’t give it another doubt

This mess will melt soon!

 

Sunday’s Gem — Sapphire

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

Considered by many as the gem of gems, Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, royalty, prophecy, and Divine favor.

A symbol of power, kindness, and good judgment, Sapphire is composed from the mineral corundum (the same as Ruby). It’s trace amounts of iron and titanium that make the corundum blue, ranging from very pale to very dark, from a green to a violet shade.

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A Holiday Jaunt

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  ~Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher

Perhaps modern airlines should erect this quote in prominent places throughout airports.

They seem to believe in it, despite what their patrons expect.

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Clothes Make the Man

When in doubt, wear red.  ~Bill Blass, American fashion designer

Llama sweater, llama toy

Both designed to bring me joy.

“Ugly” sweater, squeaky plush

Stylishly brown, fashionably blush.

One for the son, one for the pup

Seeing them together just cracks me up!

 

Note: Happy New Year, friends! See you in 2019!

Mama, Again

Dallas here.

Can y’all stand another Mama-story, one with no mention of a bat, I promise?

This happened on a Sunday back in the summer, and the reason I’m telling you that is because it’s important.

Sort of.

(What’s more important is that Mama has been very selfish in allowing me access to her blog. Don’t tell her, but I think she’s embarrassed over the story I’m about to tell — as well she should be!)

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Sunday’s Gem — Topaz

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

A hard silicate mineral formed in the cavities of igneous rocks, Topaz is a gemstone that typically presents itself as colorless, yellow, or brown.

While found throughout the world, Topaz in gem-quality form usually comes from Brazil or Sri Lanka. In the U.S., Topaz is the state gemstone of Utah.

Natural topaz, compliments of the Natural History Museum of Utah

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