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

Conversations

“Love without conversation is impossible.” — Mortimer Adler “I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations. The ability to just sit and talk. About love, about life, about anything, about everything.” — Anonymous *   *   * Rescued from a horse barn in Pennsylvania, Squeaky overcame her shyness to become one of the most vocal members … More Conversations

Be Happy

“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” — Robert Falcon Scott “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. Trust. Hope. Love. Wish. Believe. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” ― Mandy Hale … More Be Happy

Welcoming

“Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together.” — Lidia Bastianich “There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.” … More Welcoming

Rescue Dog

“A mutt is couture— it’s the only one like it in the world, made especially for you.” — Isaac Mizrahi “It’s an interesting inversion of status, the reigning breed in the dog park these days is the really-oddball-unidentifiable-mixed-breed-mutt-found-wandering-the-street or its equivalent. The stranger the mutt the better; the more peculiar the circumstance of it coming … More Rescue Dog