Store-bought

“Generosity is never out of season.” — Janet Morris “The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” — Sarah Dessen *   *   * Store-bought Beauties ~ Cellophane-wrapped tulip bouquets translate into packages of joy. • Photograph by Mary O’Connor © 2019

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

ELF Air Winner

“Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift…” — J. R. R. Tolkien “It’s not real belief if you don’t feel it in your heart. You can’t see Christmas magic, you have to feel it.” — Snowflake, elfontheshelf.com *   *   * Chippy takes to the skies in his ELF Air plane in … More ELF Air Winner

Storytime Enchantment

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” — Kate DiCamillo “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope  *   *   … More Storytime Enchantment

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

Seen along the way…

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” — Edna Ferber “I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.” — Susan, “Miracle on 34th Street” *   *   * Holiday Faces ~ Seen along the way • Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2019

Power of Love

“I say love, and the world populates itself with doves.” — Pablo Neruda “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix *   *   * Florence Griswold Museum guest artist Carole Maynard complements the peaceful beauty of Childe Hassam’s Isles of Shoals painting with symbolic holiday … More Power of Love