“Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” — Voltaire Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” — Mark Twain * * * Depicting such characters as Michel-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat, the first to climb Mont Blanc in 1786 (the two leftmost figures on … More Illusion
Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austin “I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter’s evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream.…” — Mark Twain … More Noblest of fruits
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain * * * Great Blue poised for the catch — Photo at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, by Mary O’Connor © 2018
Or needs to.” — Mark Twain “Everyone has found him or herself in a situation that left them red-faced and wishing the Earth would swallow them whole. Don’t worry; it’s perfectly normal to have at least one embarrassing experience at some point in your life, though many of us have experienced way more than that!” — Unknown … More “Man is the only animal that blushes.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain * * * Photos by Mary O’Connor © … More You can’t change the wind, you can, however, adjust your sails. — Unknown
Handmaiden moths, with their striking colors and transparent wings, mimic venomous wasps in their body shape and the position in which they hold their wings. They are, however, harmless and beautiful creatures, day flying members of the Arctiidae or Tiger moth family—seen here performing their domestic duties in true handmaiden manner in the flower gardens … More Change is the handmaiden Nature requires to do her miracles with. – Mark Twain