To Die For…

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” — Henry David Thoreau “I’m an all-things-in-moderation kind of person. I do eat a warm donut occasionally. I especially enjoy … More To Die For…

Passages

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” — James Taylor “Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.” — Rosabeth Moss Kantor … More Passages

Flowers and Flowers

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” — Claude Monet “Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi As if Annecy’s Vieille Ville, or old town, isn’t charming enough with its “Venice of France” river and canals meandering between historic buildings and a crisscross … More Flowers and Flowers

Pure Charm

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” — Linda Hogan Our alpine trip’s last three days brought us to the charming town of Annecy in southeastern France. Sometimes called the Venice of the Alps, … More Pure Charm

Magnetic Beauty

“Life is given only once, and one wants to live it boldly, with full conscious and beauty.” — Anton Chekhov “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” — Paul Cezanne • Inspired if not by Cezanne but by the mountains themselves, I decided to see what I could capture … More Magnetic Beauty

On Top of the World

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” — John Ruskin “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” — John Muir • Host of the first Winter Olympics Games in 1924, Chamonix today remains a … More On Top of the World