The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
I’m trying to make work that is reflective and is encouraging of reflection.
~ Antony Gormley
Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
~ Will Rogers
Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.
~ Dick Van Dyke
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
~ William Blake
You can’t always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream. ~ Frank Zappa
Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.
~ Bill Blass
Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
~ Ken Kesey via ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive.
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
~ Charles Dickens
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Fiction is such a world of freedom,
If you want someone to fly, they can fly.
~ Alice Walker
As I continue to work on the YA-manuscript-with-many-warts, I take solace in this bit of wisdom:
Every great work,
every big accomplishment,
has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision,
and often just before the big achievement,
comes apparent failure and discouragement.
~Florence Scovel Shinn
The way I see it, I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of an enormous puddle of failure and discouragement which means Big Achievement could very well be nigh.
*scans horizon before getting back to revisions*
Yeah we all shine on,
like the moon,
and the stars,
and the sun.
~ John Lennon
Psst…my guess is Black-capped Chickadee. Photo by Zippy
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
~ Albert Einstein
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
~ Maya Angelou
Art is all in the details.
~ Christian Marclay
Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier
I am a magpie. My eye collects details.
~ Patrick Cox
Sooner or later we’re all someone’s dog.
~ Terry Pratchett
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
And from a helicopter seed, much fun may be had.
The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago … had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
~ Havelock Ellis
Not sure when the lady beetle hopped on board, but I was happy to have its company on this gorgeous spring afternoon. It’s been a very difficult week and I welcome any overture of friendship.
It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events.
Joy comes in sips, not gulps.
~ Sharon Draper
I’m very, very lazy. I love to sit in a chair and look out the window and do nothing.
~ Ingmar Bergman
Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My iris haven’t begun blooming yet, so I’m posting this photo from last April in anticipation of the splendor that’s in store for us.
I’m forever grateful to my former neighbor, Tina, for sharing her iris-love with me. She had many different iris in her vast gardens and when I first began digging in the soil, creating my own little patch of beauty, she’d toss iris tubers over the fence. I’m pretty sure this photographed iris is one of those long-ago gifts.