Last of the summer roses

“Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness. Know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.“ (Anonymous)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Ra Avis

“Peace is just something we work toward, every day. It’s about the things we can become. It’s about the things we should un-become. It’s about changing our hearts when they need change, no matter how scary that is.” Ra Avis is a poet, author, and blogger who lives in Long Beach, California.  She has written…

Trying to face my fear

I have a snake phobia. It used to be just a healthy respect, but after being trapped in a closed garage with a rat snake that was at least five feet long, the respect turned to fear. Rat snakes are not venomous, and our neighbor removed it from the garage, but the fear remained for…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Ray Bradbury

American author and screenwriter Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was described by the New York Times as “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.” He is best known for the novel Fahrenheit 451, the science fiction collections The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man and for…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

“Learn character from trees, values from roots, and change from leaves.” (Tasneem Hameed) See more trees or join Cee’s challenge here.

Small creatures

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” (Albert Einstein)

Conversing With Strangers

Here in the American South, folks frequently strike up conversations with strangers. It may happen while in a doctor’s waiting room or when standing in the check-out line at the supermarket, or as in my case today, while waiting for my car to be serviced. It usually starts out as small talk about the weather…