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

Tranquility

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou light shining through reveals inner sense of peace tranquility glow *   *   * Shining Through ~ Red Lion Amaryllis in full bloom • Photo and “Tranquility” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2021

American Dream

“The American Dream may be slipping away. We have overcome such challenges before. To recover the Dream requires knowing where it came from, how it lasted so long and why it matters so much.” — Jon Meacham loss of future dreams occurs with eyes closed-up tight let light find way in *   *   * American … More American Dream

Good Night!

“Every night, under the same sky and stars, probably since the emergence of humankind, people around the world have been wishing one another a good night.” — Efrat Shoham reflections of past cast in light of tomorrow coming year’s promise *   *   * Tomorrow’s Promise ~ Heron reflects on day gone by • Photo and … More Good Night!

Resistance

“Sometimes there’s truth in old clichés. There can be no real peace without justice. And without resistance there will be no justice.” — Arundhati Roy heads tucked under eyes closed to world around blocking light of change *   *   * Resistance ~ Sleeping Mute Swans* photo by Jan Logozzo • “Resistance” Haiku** by Mary O’Connor … More Resistance

Birth

“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.” — Leo Tolstoy life gives birth to spring little trace of winter stress just stretch marks of light *   *   * Opening to the Light • Haiku* and photo by Mary O’Connor © 2020 * Haiku: a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in … More Birth

Safe Passages

“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.” — Martha Beck way of light and gold flourishes as safe passage sidesteps viral stress *   *   * Safe Passages ~ Haiku* poem by Mary O’Connor; daffodils photo at Harkness Memorial Park, Waterford, … More Safe Passages

Storytime Enchantment

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” — Kate DiCamillo “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope  *   *   … More Storytime Enchantment

Shadow

“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.” — Junichiro Tanizaki *   *   * Patterns of Outreach — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Calm Down

“The sun rises every morning and sheds light, vanquishing the night’s darkness. The rooster also rises every morning only, unlike the sun, he simply makes noise. But the darkness of the night is dispelled by sunshine, not by the rooster’s crowing. The world can use more light and less noise. Wherever I can, I want … More Calm Down