Renewal

“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” — Harriet Ann Jacobs discarding darkness trading winter’s gloom for light spring blossoms renew *   *   * Renewal ~ Symbol of new hope and renewal, springtime’s hyacinth serves as a traditional focus of the Persian New Year … More Renewal

Fragile

“Hope is fragile and needs to be tended and renewed.” — Patrick Shad four delicate gifts fragility cuddles strength new wonder released *   *   * Fragile Beginnings ~ Eastern Bluebird eggs are as delicate as they are exquisite • Photo by Richard Williams • “Fragile” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Passing Shadows

“Hope is like the sun, which as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” — Samuel Smiles moments of time pass leaving shadows in their wake cleared away by sun *   *   * Old Sundial ~ Armillary sundial sits in garden potting shed ready to measure time by passing of … More Passing Shadows

Promise

“Hope is the thing with feathers” — Emily Dickinson overcoming angst unassailable hope wins trust in country strong *   *   * Basking in Beauty ~ Red Crowned Amazon Parrot photo by Jan Logozzo • “Promise” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

Ingenuity

“No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.” — William J. Clinton strength of conviction fuels force of ingenuity new ways of working *   *   * Ingenuity at Work ~ Maasai youngster finds joy in the Tanzanian world around … More Ingenuity

Looking Forward

“At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope and not backward by fear and division.” — Jesse Jackson darkness edges in gilded shadows tell what’s done sign of more to come *   *   * Day Is Done ~ Golden sunset, Niantic Conn. photo by Jan Logozzo • “Looking Forward” haiku poem … More Looking Forward

Rise Up

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius drawn by dawning hope leaves security behind rises to new heights *   *   * Egret Rising ~ Great Egret rises above Oyster River marshes • Watercolor painting and “Rise Up” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2020 (See … More Rise Up

Reaching Out

“In the face of adversity, hope often comes in the form of a friend who reaches out to us.” — Christopher Reeve upset by chaos empty arms wanting to help reaching out for hope *   *   * Reaching Out ~ Eastern Daddy-Long-Legs covers wall’s vertical territory • Photo and “Reaching Out” haiku by Mary O’Connor … More Reaching Out

Inner fire

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” — Cormac McCarthy dormant inner fire rekindled with spark of need hope bursts into flames *   *   * After the Sun Is Gone ~ Fire pit at Saybrook Point Inn and Marina • Photo and “Inner Fire” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2020

Just Wishing…

“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” — Lev Grossman wishing is easy daydreams bring hope within reach attainment not so *   *   * Bella, just wishing…  “Why am I stuck in this boat when I could be swimming right about now?!?” ~ Photo by Jan … More Just Wishing…