Stepping Up

“Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.” — Paul J. Meyer “It’s not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” — Vaclav Havel *   *   * All (but one) Lined Up • Sparrows on steps photo by Jan Logozzo © 2020

Stillness

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed.” — Eckhart Tolle “In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.” — Howard Thurman *   *   * Master of … More Stillness

Hiding

“All the secrets of the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.” — Robin Sloan “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” — Sarah Dessen *   *   * A favorite sight in North American wetlands, the Great White Egret hunts in classic heron fashion, standing immobile … More Hiding

Patterns

“The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.” — Jim Jamusch “The most basic way to get someone’s attention is this: Break a pattern.” — Chip Heath and Dan Heath *   *   * Natural Beauty ~ Female mallard duck’s distinction is found in the details. • Photo by Jan Logozzo © … More Patterns

Ice Conditions

“Among famous traitors of history, one might mention the weather.” — Ilka Chase “Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, ‘I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.’” — Maya Angelou *   *   * Let it snow — Roads still clear, … More Ice Conditions

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

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