Leap of Faith

“She took a leap of faith and grew her wings on the way down.” — David Brinkley keep eyes wide open awesome leap into unknown confidence triumphs *   *   * Leap of Faith ~ Olivia, award-winning gymnast, spreads her wings • Watercolor painting and “Leap of Faith” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Gentleness

“The ear is the avenue to the heart.” — Voltaire traits of gentleness remaining still and caring strengthen a soft heart *   *   * Gentle Rabbit ~ New England Cottontail personifies softness • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Gentleness” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Distortion

“Self-pity is never useful. It tends to distort like a fun-house mirror.” — Anne Roiphe ripples in water reflections delusional distortions of truth *   *   * Carnival Mirror ~ Markings of Lesser Yellowlegs distort in reflections • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Distortion” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

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

Independence

“The opportunity to step away from everything and take a break is something that shouldn’t be squandered.” — Harper Reed going it alone ignoring other’s guidance staying true to self *   *   * Mama swan ponders what to do about egg that got away from nest • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Independence” haiku poem … More Independence

Straight Line

“Follow your own passion— not your parents’, not your teachers’— yours.” — Robert Ballard not always easy taking straight path through trouble following conscience *   *   * Straight Line ~ Young Canada Geese follow parents through high waters • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Straight Line” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2016

Patterns

“Life is a mixture of light and shadow, calm and storm, and it’s all good.” — Susan W. Krebs streaking across light shadows draw contours and lines cast patterns of life *   *   * Cast Shadows ~ Moment of Calm at Rocky Neck • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Patterns” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor … More Patterns

Stress

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin storm’s unfiltered force channels stress into tailspin     enter quietness *   *   * Show of Force ~ Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Stress” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Breathe

“Do something nice for yourself today. Find some quiet, sit in stillness, breathe. Put your problems on pause.” ― Akiroq Brost soft whisper of leaves sounds of silence nature’s song calming naptime tune *   *   * Sitting Still ~ Female Boat-tailed Grackle finds peace and quiet in Florida foliage • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Breathe” … More Breathe

All Ears

“Learn to listen.  Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.” — Anonymous when ears are perked smallest sounds take on meaning way to understand *   *   * All Ears ~ Tiny fawn, yet to catch up to ears • Photo and “All Ears” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021