Flowers and Trust

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

Why is it that we labor extensively over choosing flowers, planting them, locating them in what should be ideal spots, watering and fertilizing them, and even talking to them, only to have this happen:

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R and R for the Soul

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.  ~Author Unknown

Outdoors the clouds roll overhead
Racing one another to a destination unknown.
Trees bow; wildlife seeks shelter against the tempest.

Inside, one’s emotions toss about
Like a dinghy caught in a blustery sea.
As our to-do list swells, the hours of daylight shrink.

We know we must rest, debrief, kick back
If we’re to have strength for the tasks ahead.
Why, then, are we so reluctant to do as we ought?

From youth, we’re ingrained in busyness.
Productivity, activity, restlessness.
An idle mind is the devil’s workshop and all that.

We race about trying to prove we’re accomplishing something,
Warding off the evils of idleness and sloth,
While tempting Fate to substitute ill health and exhaustion.

Maybe more of us need a river bank or park bench,
A place of solitude and rest for mind and body.
Stolen time to recharge, energize, restore, renew.

I crowded far too many tasks into Yesterday. Today is now demanding music, chocolate truffles, and sporadic dancing, as compensation. ~Dr. SunWolf

Note: Along with the good doctor above, I’m going to take a few days’ break. Maybe even a week! It’s time for Fourth of July, a visit with Domer, and some much-needed “Debbie-time.” I’ll be back (don’t forget me!)

Stirring Sounds

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach, German-Jewish poet and author

The Thunderer (Concert March) by John Philip Sousa

We’re midway through the season for Community Band now, and I find myself pondering its attraction.

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Bottoms Up!

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. ~Dave Barry, American author and columnist

Highly unlikely

I’ll start brewing craft beer soon

But what a great name!!

Note: This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is Unlikely. We’re asked to capture the unexpected, the everyday in an unlikely place, the unpredictable. My pen name is O’Shea, and when I spied this Irish stout on the grocery shelves recently, I knew I needed its photo. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get back to Ireland and look up the brewers!

Towering Lines

The Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon was installed at the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1986 and quickly became a popular landmark. According to the informational sign placed nearby (yes, I took a photo of it so I’d remember the details!), it was crafted in Holland and is one of the few hand-played carillons in the U.S.

Carillon musicians come from around the world to play evening concerts here during the summer months. The carillon’s bronze-cast bells have a range of four octaves and are activated via a large keyboard. The smallest of the 48 bells weighs 24 pounds; the largest, 2.5 tons!

Note: This is my interpretation of Lines, the WordPress Photo Challenge for the week. We’re tasked with depicting lines, whether straight or curved, natural or man-made. It’s not too late to get in on the fun. Here’s how.

End of an Era

Shopping is a woman thing.  It’s a contact sport like football.  Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.  ~Erma Bombeck, American humorist and writer

Last week we learned one of our mall’s major department stores was closing its doors for good.

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Stepping into Bravery

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather, American journalist and TV news anchor

My flute teacher has been trying for weeks to tell me I’m ready to play in a group.

That a real band setting will teach me things I can’t learn by doing only private lessons.

Logic tells me she’s right, but oh my. I’ve been playing less than two years. Who’d want me in their band?

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You Can’t Fix Rudeness

Whoever one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude. ~Maurice Baring, English man of letters (poems, novels, essays, war correspondence)

Dallas here.

While Mama is otherwise occupied, I thought I’d interrupt my afternoon snoozle for a few thoughts. I know you’ve missed hearing from me!

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