Starbursts in Spring

“Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia starbursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted.” (Anna Quindlen) Enjoying the beauty of our azaleas today and definitely not taking life…

Before the mowing

Sweet little violets, both purple and white, fill our front lawn. They’re lovely, but unfortunately they will be gone when we have the lawn mowed this week. “Blue eyes shimmer with angel glances. Like spring violets over the lea.” (Constance Woolson)

Writer's Quote Wednesday: Nido R. Qubein

“Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, whatever misfortune you may have suffered, the music of your life has not gone. It’s inside you – if you listen to it, you can play it.” — Nido R. Qubein Nido R. Qubein is an American Lebanese-Jordanian business and motivational speaker who has served as president…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Kitty O’Meara

“And the people stayed home.And read books, and listened, andrested, and exercised, and made art,and played games, and learned newways of being, and were still. Andlistened more deeply. Somemeditated, some prayed, somedanced. Some met their shadows.And the people beganto think differently. And the people healed.And, in the absence of people livingin ignorant, dangerous, mindless,and heartless…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Harper Lee

Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) was an American novelist best known for her 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. The book is required reading in many middle schools and high schools in the U.S. In 2007, Lee was awarded the…

Winter birds

Today was the first true spring-like day we’ve had this year. The sun finally came out after two rounds of snow and an eternity of rain. Birds have been few and far between at the feeders this winter because of all the rain, but the sparrows, doves and cardinals did finally arrive to join the…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: W.E.B. Du Bois

The first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, W.E.B. Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, author, writer, and editor. He was the leader of the Niagara Movement which sought equal rights for African Americans and was a founder of the NAACP (National Association…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian author, poet and professor. His novel Things Fall Apart (published in 1958) was internationally acclaimed and is today the most widely read book in African literature.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Alice Walker

American novelist, poet, and social activist Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) is perhaps best known for her novel The Color Purple which won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Left Over

Last spring, our Clematis covered the top of a large Boxwood shrub at the corner of the front porch. After it bloomed in the summer I never cut it back, and by autumn the Boxwood was covered with seed heads. They are still there, left over from that earlier season, and about to be enveloped…