Ribbons and Bows

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” — William Arthur Ward gifts of love and peace packaged in holiday dress ribbons not trappings *   *   * Gif Wrappings ~ Festive wrapping display lends holiday spirit at Smith’s Acres, Niantic, Conn. • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Ribbons … More Ribbons and Bows

Thanksgiving

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart unadorned beauty graces day of gratitude centerpiece of thanks *   *   * Thanksgiving Dress ~ Mini Orchid dresses in seasonal shades of pumpkin • Photo and “Thanksgiving” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021 … More Thanksgiving

Remembered

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” — Harry S. Truman keen of tolling bell sinks in mist of lowered clouds sunset in own right *   *   * Tolling Bell ~ … More Remembered

Rescued

“Reaching out to rescue one another under ANY condition is an eternal measure of love.” — Ronald A. Rasband adopted buddy offers love and gratitude rescue equals peace *   *   * Saved ~ Having traveled from Houston (hence his name) to Boston, Yorkie-mix Houston loves his new “forever home.” • Watercolor painting and “Rescued” haiku … More Rescued

Ice Cold

“There is warmth in gratitude. It thaws the frozen river and lets it flow again.” — Mary Welch chasing warmth away ice competes with winter’s force unmatched headway *   *   * Rushing River ~ Freed of ice • Photo at Devil’s Hopyard, East Haddam, CT and “Ice Cold” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Feast

“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast.” — Melody Beattie tasty repast draws even simple table scraps buoy hungry soul *   *   * Meal Enjoyed ~ Flock of starlings, in their winter garb, enjoy remains of autumn orchard harvest. Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Feast” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Shift in direction

“When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.” — Kristin Armstrong Looking for a little relief in the arrival of new black clouds overhead, we might enjoy the thoughts of Kim Hubbard, editor-at-large, People Magazine:  … More Shift in direction

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world,

they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” — Bill Vaughan By the way, as English satirist Craig Brown once said,  “Children are perfectly happy to sit next to spiders; it is only grown-ups who are frightened away.”  * * * Black and yellow Argiopes spider, and the garden … More “We hope that, when the insects take over the world,