Festive

“Beautiful memories tell our story and wrap themselves in ribbons of the heart” — Flavia Cacace evergreen branches decked in cheerful marks of joy festive signature *   *   * Holiday Greens ~ Dressed with ribbons tied in bows • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Festive” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2022 Continue holiday cheer beyond … More Festive

Miracle of Lights

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie reflection of lights story of love in action not a fantasy *   *   * Miracle of Lights ~ The tiny Connecticut town of Chester’s Starry Nights Festival celebrates the miracle of lights central to both the Jewish … More Miracle of Lights

Ornamentation

“That’s the thing with handmade items. They still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.” ― Aimee Bender handmade over time textured and layered with love hallmark of caring *   *   * Handcrafted Beauty ~ Hummingbird ornament made by Jennifer Avalone, Master Quiller, for the Quilling Tree exhibited … More Ornamentation

Fantasyland

“The moment you doubt  whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” — J.M. Barre flight of fantasy window shopping for delight life’s necessity *   *   * Land of Enchantment ~ The Wayfinder Society window display takes Chester, Conn., holiday shoppers on flight of fancy • Photo by Jan … More Fantasyland

Starry Night

“Not just beautiful, though— the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” – Haruki Murakami points of light above reflections of reverence a hallowed stillness *   *   * Stars Everywhere ~ The magical illumination of stars, hung in celebration of the holiday season, may be found throughout … More Starry Night

Magical Fun

“Snow is falling outside and all is peaceful and still. In such moments it is possible to believe that the world could still be good.” – Richard Paul Evans snow falls from the sky paves ground for magical fun not just for children *   *   * Winter’s Charm ~ Though the white and drifted snow, … More Magical Fun

Shimmering

“Moons and years pass by and are gone forever, but a beautiful moment shimmers through like a ray of light.” — Franz Grillparzer floating gently past shimmering hues of color bubbles filled with dreams *   *   * Glass Act ~ Master Glassblower, Jeffrey P’an of Mystic, Conn., decorates a Florence Griswold Museum holiday tree with … More Shimmering

Moment in Time

“Time is a daunting thing; it’s inescapable. Some moments pass unobserved and others stay with us, remaining frozen, lasting a lifetime.” — Jacqueline Simon Gunn wrapped in silence motionless fragments of life frozen memories *   *   * Frozen ~ John Henry Twachman’s painting “Connecticut Shore – Winter” and motionless sailboat model set the mood of peaceful … More Moment in Time

Gratitude

“God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” — William Arthur Ward seconds tick away countdown of daily blessings timely reflection *   *   * Making Minutes Count ~ Hands of Scottish train station clock serve as pointers to both passing and approaching time • … More Gratitude

Foothold

“Out of the crooked timber of humanity, nothing completely straight was ever made.” — Isaiah Berlin once crooked tree limbs offer foothold to climb sky shiver me timbers! *   *   * Ship’s Rigging ~ Ready to face the wind • Photo and “Foothold” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2022