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

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

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

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

Togetherness

“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” — Sonia Gandhi standing together giving dimension to dreams instruments of change *   *  * Double Sighting ~ Osprey pairing • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Togetherness” 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

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

Departure

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” — Charles Dickens streamlets of water telling signs of departure teardrops of leaving *   *   * Leaving ~ Hooded Megansers take off • Watercolor painting* and “Departure” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor * painting created from photo reference by Julie Carlson