Small, frail lights

“And in the political dark, I light small, frail lights about peace and hold them up in the whirlwind.” — From The Hidden Ground of Love by Thomas Merton / Shamelessly stolen from Pastor Michael Moore

At the Edge

“The beautiful can exist at the edge precisely because it has nothing to lose and everything to give.” – Frederick Turner

Hope

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” –Alfred Lord Tennyson

Fungi

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’ I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or … More Fungi

Quiet like the garden…

“Only the cat, padding between the roses, Shakes a branch and breaks the chequered pattern As water is broken by the falling of a leaf. Then you come, And you are quiet like the garden, And white like the alyssum flowers,   And beautiful as the silent sparks of the fireflies.”— from “The Garden by Moonlight” by Amy Powell 

The Sun in Poem & Flora

“I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking. It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind. The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun. It sees and knows everything.” —- from “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo

Women Friends

“Women rely on friends. … That’s where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry.” —— Cokie Roberts

The Mental Air

“I take a last walk, discovering a sequestered park presided over by an imposing statue of Neptune. I climb uneven stone steps up a slope that opens onto what appears to be a botanical garden, with a number of squat palms, and a variety of trees. As I wander about, an unexpected though familiar giddiness … More The Mental Air