Rise Up

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius drawn by dawning hope leaves security behind rises to new heights *   *   * Egret Rising ~ Great Egret rises above Oyster River marshes • Watercolor painting and “Rise Up” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2020 (See … More Rise Up

Predator

“The best way to avoid falling prey to the opinions of others is to realize that other people’s opinions are just that—opinions.” —Travis Bradberry *   *   * Red-tailed Hawk with Dinner ~ Watercolor painting of hawk and “Predator” haiku by Mary O’Connor, created from reference photo by Jan Logozzo. See another of her hawk photos … More Predator

Environmental Cry

“Not a hot planet, but a beautiful earth with a clear sky, clean water, and fresh air is our commitment to the next generations.” — Amit Ray spoiled ocean waves an environmental cry lifeless plants confirm *   *   * Environmental Cry ~ Questionable Hanging Plants photo by Jan Logozzo • Climate Change Haiku by Mary … More Environmental Cry

Enchantment

“There are no seven wonders in the world in the eyes of children; there are seven million.” — Walt Streightiff wonder is trapped in the lens of children’s eyes trusting enchantment *   *   * Enchantment ~ Four year old Maeve is spellbound by some unknown wonder • Watercolor portrait and “Enchantment” Haiku* by Mary O’Connor  … More Enchantment

Good Fortune

“It is by giving and sharing that one generates prosperity karma and ‘inherits the kingdom.’ This is one of the secrets of having good fortune and wealth.” — Master Choa Kok Sui Lady Kallista Anais and Dame Shelley Melba are Tibetan Terriers who live up to their names and their heritage. Kallista means beautiful and … More Good Fortune

Smiles

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” — William Arthur Ward never ending smile expresses message of love signature of joy *   *   * Smiley Face ~ Layla, a Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier mix known as a Taco Terrier, has a smile that never ceases. Her portrait, a 40th ordination anniversary surprise … More Smiles

Birth

“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” — Leo Tolstoy life gives birth to spring little trace of winter stress just stretch marks of light *   *   * Opening to the Light • Haiku* and photo by Mary O’Connor © 2020 * Haiku: a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in … More Birth

Elegance

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.” — Audrey Hepburn “Everything which originates from pure love is lit with the radiance of beauty.” — Simone Weil *   *   * Mother Swan and Signets ~ Watercolor painting by Mary O’Connor © 2020  

Character

“When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” ― W.Somerset Maugham “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ― John Wooden *   *   * Egyptian Goose ~ Considered sacred by … More Character

Softness

“When tough times come, it is particularly important to offset them with much gentle softness.” —Vera Nazarian “Be soft, don’t let the world make you hard. Be gentle, don’t let the people make you difficult. Be kind, don’t let the realities of life steal your sweetness and make you heartless.” — Nurudeen Ushawu *   *   … More Softness