A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving, American writer
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. ~Oscar Wilde, Irish poet
Happy Mother’s Day! Remember, even if you don’t have children, you’re probably mothering something, whether it’s a pet, a garden, or even a novel. Thanks so much for accompanying me on my writer’s path!
Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. ~Author Unknown
You were meant to stand out,
Blessed with a beauty unbounded.
Destined to sparkle, to astonish,
To share your uniqueness with the world.
Yet here you stand
Buffeted by gale-force winds of change,
Assaulted by frosty words of criticism,
Struggling to find the sun beneath clouds of doubt.
Yet here you stand
Having shed your pearls of wisdom,
Seen them tossed thoughtlessly away
In favor of louder, more confident voices.
Yet here you stand
Still trying to triumph
Still hoping to claim your place
And recapture bits of past magic.
Yet here you stand
Discouraged, but not defeated.
Note: April is National Poetry Month. While poetry as an art form probably should be celebrated every month, perhaps it’s a start to set aside 30 days to recognize poets and their works.
Nature has many scenes to exhibit…. — Henry David Thoreau, American poet and essayist
Mother Nature pulled an April Fool’s Day joke on Central Illinois Easter Sunday.
Sure, the calendar says ‘Spring,’ and we’ve been hoping for the warm and blossoming season for weeks now. It wasn’t to be, not yesterday anyway.
Take a look:
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb
Look who decided to bloom!!
Shamrock (Oxalis) plant
And remember this one?
Geranium overwintered indoors
Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and comedian
Maybe we should do more of the same — Happy Spring, everyone!
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet
My Daffodils are peeking through, and I find myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring! Yes, it will be weeks before these babies bloom and the temperatures stay consistently warm, but now that I see progress, it’s easier to be patient.
I found the following quote in a publication I was reading and decided it was appropriate for ALL of us (but especially those of us trying to write a book!) Have a beautiful Sunday, my friends!
Have patience with all things — but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that. — St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of authors, writers, and journalists
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver, African-American botanist and inventor
Dallas was making a terrible barking racket yesterday morning. At first, I thought he’d cornered a squirrel, but then I caught sight of these migrating birds. Geese, perhaps?
Racing for the outside, I was stunned at how many there were filling the sky overhead, snaking their way to points northwest of here. And the noise they were generating! Well, listen for yourselves:
Isn’t Nature amazing?!!
The pleasure of nostalgia is never without its companion, loneliness. ~Isuna Hasekura, Japanese author
I find it sad to take down the decorations after Christmas.
Removing the garlands, twinkly lights, cheerful bows, spectacular tree, and poinsettias brings a certain wistfulness, unlike putting away coats and boots when spring arrives. Continue reading
Look closely, and you can see tiny buds on this maple tree — gives me hope that Spring will arrive and erase this frigid winter!
One year passes by
New one arrives with promise
Make it a great one!
*Note: Janus was the Roman god of new beginnings. Typically, he’s pictured as two bearded faces on one head, and the faces are looking in opposite directions (over the past and toward the future). Happy 2018, everybody!
I am grateful for the silence of winter mornings, for the beauty and wonder of the glint of sunlight in frost melting to dew, for the early-riser’s peaceful solitude that sets a mood of thankfulness, hope, and calm for the dawning day. ~Terri Guillemets, American quotation anthologist and author
First snowfall, winter 2017
I’m taking a few days off to do holiday things with my family, but I’ll be back soon. Love to all, Happy Christmas, and thank you for coming along on this blogging journey with me! I’ll leave you with an Irish Christmas Blessing:
The light of the Christmas star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and good will of friends to you,
The hope of a childlike heart to you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval, pen name of French poet and author Gérard Labrunie
Wild, free, and unprotected
Winter is coming.
Note: After highs reaching 60 degrees Sunday and Monday, temps here are expected to take a nosedive by the weekend … down to the 20s and low 30s. Brrr! Hope this little flower finds a way to survive an Illinois winter.