“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” — Lauren Bacall “I see children as kites. You spend a lifetime to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re breathless. They crash…you add a longer tail…you patch and comfort, adjust and teach. You watch them lifted by the winds and assure them … More Kite-flying

Comfort in Patterns

“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition  of the pattern.”  — Alfred North Whitehead “There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace – these qualities you find always in that the true artist captures. You can … More Comfort in Patterns

Blanket of Solace

“Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.” — John Ruskin Also known as broom, thanks to its spiky and prickly spines, gorse has a more splendorous repute as reflected in the Scottish saying, “When gorse’s out of bloom, kissing’s out of season.”  Few, however,  pay much attention to such guidance, given the nearly … More Blanket of Solace


“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” — Samuel Pepys *   *   * Dinner, plain and simple — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Street life

Lined up along the ledge, above the streets and gutters where they huddle together, tucking their beaks under blankets of dirty wings, until nodding and bobbing their heads, they take up the spin of the world turning round— and return to the spoils of the street, eyes rimmed red. *   *   * Street life — Poem and photo … More Street life