Budding Beauty

“Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of beauty to the world.” — Bryant McGill *   *   * Beauty, tightly wrapped — Photo of lilac buds by Mary O’Connor © 2018

Pushover

“I’m easy to work with, not a pushover, but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.” — Ben Elton *   *   * Ready to rock ‘n roll! — Harbor seal at rest off Connecticut coast. Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2018

Singing

“The whole basis of my singing is feeling. Unless I feel something, I can’t sing.” — Billie Holliday *   *   * “When the finches don’t sing…” — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2018

Be Different

“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 *   *   * Beauty in numbers — Photo by Mary O’Connor  © 2018

Pleasure

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” — Hal Borland   “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” —Anne Bradstreet *   *   * Breath of spring — Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2018

Guilty Pleasure

“I am a gourmand. I like to eat. When I have something that I like, I tend to have too much of it. That is a guilty pleasure.” — Joel Robuchon *   *   * Culprit: caught in the act — Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2018

Trapped

“Are you trapped in a situation, or are you trapped in how you are thinking about the situation?” — Akiroq Brost *   *   * Cormorant hooked on derelict fishing line.* — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2018  *Fishing piers are often places where miscast fishing lures and lines become wrapped around pilings, entangling birds … More Trapped