Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.Vivian Greene
The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Sometimes goldfinches one by one will dropJohn Keats
From low hung branches; little space they stop;
But sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek;
Then off at once, as in a wanton freak:
Or perhaps, to show their black and golden wings,
Pausing upon their yellow flutterings.
He knows he’s beautiful!
He knows that I know he’s beautiful.
So, in a rare moment of vanity, Mr. C posed for me. A star is born…
She said that that was what star quality was – that little something extra. Well, you’ve got it!Norma Maine, A Star is Born (1954)
Here are the tulips, budded and full-blown,Margaret Atwood, Dearly
their swoops and dips, their gloss and poses, the satin of their darks
A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.Marianne Williamson
Stouthearted / stoutˈhärdəd/ (adjective): stoutˈhärdəd/Merriam-Webster
Possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
Synonyms: doughty, stalwart, brave, courageous, determined, obstinate
Have you ever noticed that on some of the snowiest, blowiest days, the smallest creatures are the most visible?
I think, too often, we pay attention to the strongest, the loudest, the most confident around us, and we underestimate the smallest. Someone’s size or appearance should never be used to measure their worth because I believe those with a tender heart or a stoutheart come in many sizes.
And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.J.R.R.Tolkien
Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one’s share of evils, than to be forever fearing what may happen.Herodotus
It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the spirit.J.R.R.Tolkien
Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.Winnie-the-Pooh
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Margaret Hungerford
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week hooked up with Kammie’s Oddball Challenge. It’s an opportunity to showcase photos that “don’t make the cut” because they don’t quite fit in any category, yet they exist because something of visual interest caught the eye of the photographer.
Today I had to reign it in a bit because I have lots of “oddball” photos. You should meet my family! Instead, I focused on subtle signs of people deep in the woods. (Don’t worry – I skipped the dead raccoon photo)! 😉
Relish being an oddball: Well-behaved, well-adjusted people are hopeless storytellers and, honestly, terribly boring.Twinkle Khanna