Ruffled Feathers

“Don’t ever ruffle feathers you can’t straighten.” — Unknown “The first problem I had with conducting was coming out on stage and turning my back on the audience. It was an utterly foreign sensation. I always felt as if my rear end were hanging out. That particular portion of my anatomy suddenly seemed enormous, living … More Ruffled Feathers

In the Spotlight

“Stay true in the dark, and humble in the spotlight.” —Harold B. Lee “The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of this life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” — Alan Bennett *   *   * Ibis, Center Stage ~ … More In the Spotlight

Crowned

“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” — William Shakespeare “There are many persons of whom it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but their character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned king.” — Samuel Smiles *   *   * Yellow-crowned … More Crowned

Rebirth

“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold On. Life will get warmer.” — Anita Krizzan “It’s exciting to see things coming up again, plants that you’ve had twenty or thirty years. It’s like seeing an old friend.” ― Tasha Tudor *   *   * Sign of Winter’s End ~ These snowdrops once came over by … More Rebirth

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