Memories

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” — James M. Barrie winter’s cold withers wrapped in warm shades of summer memories outlive *   *   * Roses Recalled ~ Lush Florence Griswold Museum summer garden reduced to memory • Photo and “Memories” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021 Perfect Holiday … More Memories

Tasty Snack

“To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste.” — Heston Blumenthal carte du jour listing attention turns to eating farm-to-table feast *   *   * Tasty Snack ~ Miniature Sicilian Donkey enjoys a mid-day treat • Photo and “Tasty Snack” haiku by … More Tasty Snack

Showy

“I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice.” —Alice Walker showy purple spears timidity on notice riot of chutzpa *   *   * Attention-getters ~ Showy Salvia stand out in Florence Griswold Museum gardens • Photo and “Showy” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

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

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

Nesting Places

“Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nest, for whatever this is, for life.” —Barbara Kingsolver “Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” — Tom Baker “Luxury must be comfortable. Otherwise it is not luxury.” — Coco Chanel … More Nesting Places

Fragility

“When you see how fragile and delicate life can be, all else fades into the background.” — Jenna Morasca “Why is it that scuba divers and surfers are some of the strongest advocates of ocean conservation? Because they’ve spent time in and around the ocean, and they’ve personally seen the beauty, the fragility, and even … More Fragility

Decorative Tools

“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” — Winston Churchill Artist-naturalist James Prosek considers the sculptural, symbolic and practical functions of forged iron eel spears as part of his installation within the Florence Griswold Museum’s Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art exhibit. Exploring the line between artifact to art, he … More Decorative Tools

Power of Design

“…the conversion from ‘pest’ to gem occurs through the power of design.” — Jennifer Angus   “Every being devotes and dedicates itself to some innate purpose. Single cells, microbes, plants, insects, animals—every being makes its own unique contribution.” — Julie J. Morley “I get inspiration from a lot of things around me – nature, hills, … More Power of Design

Wild Beauty

“Cherish sunsets, wild creatures, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth.” — Stewart Udall “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” — Iris Murdoch    Wild Beauty — Gardens at the … More Wild Beauty