“If you want to experience joy, stop, slow down, and begin to pay attention to what you taste and smell when you’re making breakfast, when you’re in a restaurant, when you’re having wine, when you’re outside and it’s the beginning of spring and you can smell the earth getting soft under your feet. Pay attention … More Flavor

Material things

“The love for material things grows like a fungus in the soul and destroys the loveliness of the human heart utterly.” — Caryll Houselander Noted for its water-absorbing abilities, the amadou fungi was traditionally used as tinder, dating back to ice-age days. Today it is still harvested in much of central Europe and used to craft … More Material things


“Going around under an umbrella interferes with one’s looking up at the sky.” — Jerzy Kosinski *   *   * Shop awning fashioned from umbrellas hides the sun above the cobblestone streets of Szentendre, a colorful Hungarian village of artists and galleries. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2016  (one of an ongoing series of photo posts from recent Danube … More Interference