Thanksgiving

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust   thankfulness for gifts powerful simplicity beauty all around *   *   * Inspiration ~ Natural Beauty photo and “Thanksgiving” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2020

Balancing Act

“Do three things well, not ten things badly.” — David Segrove competing beauties face up to differences balanced performance *   *   * Popular Choice ~ Dahlias, found in over 50,000 varieties, bloom in just about every color and shape possible. Photo by Jan Logozzo •  “Balancing Act” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2020

Clone

“It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean, and left nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort.” — Ayn Rand flamboyant dahlia showers its blazing petals clones the warming sun *   *   * Sunburst of Sorts … More Clone

Blessings

“Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings.” ― John Muir seasonal blessings stored in tiny pockets wintertime comfort *   *   * Treasure Chest ~ Dahlia turns face towards autumn sun • Photo and “Blessings” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2020

Cultivated

“You will find beauty in every person and experience if beauty has been cultivated within.” — Bryant McGill dressed in glitter surface appearance deceives peacefulness within *   *   * Cultivated Elegance ~ Japanese Toad Lily* Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Cultivated” Haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2020 * Widely cultivated for ornamental reasons, these … More Cultivated

Inclusiveness

“Our forward track must focus on including everyone, embracing everyone, and celebrating the beauty – and normalcy – of everyone’s differences.” — Richelieu Dennis  in row after row one mixes in with others color no concern *   *   * Together ~ Pansies at Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, Conn. photo by Jan Logozzo • ‘Inclusiveness’ … More Inclusiveness

World Outlook

“Being on top of the world doesn’t mean anything unless you know what it’s like to be at the bottom.” — Rachel Smith perched high on top troubled world outlook gained best keep feet on ground *   *   * High-level Outlook ~ Sitting on top of the world • Photo and Haiku poem by Mary … More World Outlook

Restorative

“In one breath, I release all negative feelings and fearful thoughts, then fill up my lungs with wonder and awe and pure, unadulterated joy.” — Sara Baysinger graced with beauty nature’s handiwork transmits restorative awe *   *   * Healing Beauty ~ Goldfinch on Throne photo by Jan Logozzo • “Restorative” Haiku by Mary O’Connor © … More Restorative

Golden Glory

“The morning pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow golden light sets stage blossoms offer breath of life moments of peace born *   *   * Golden Glory ~ California Poppies brighten day – Photo by Jan Logozzo • Golden Glory Haiku poem* by Mary O‘Connor © 2020 * Haiku: a … More Golden Glory

Closed Mind

“Small thoughts fit easily into a closed mind, but big thoughts require an open one.” — Roy H. Williams face locked up tight expression of closed mind must open to grow *   *   * Closed Mind ~ Sunflower Face photo and haiku* poem by Mary O’Connor © 2020 * Haiku: a Japanese poem of seventeen … More Closed Mind