“All things are alive and beautiful”

I don’t know if the mushrooms growing by our river birch are poisonous Jack O’Lantern mushrooms or edible Chanterelles, but they are quite large and quite beautiful.  “By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented…

“One consolation in being sick…”

There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before. (Henry David Thoreau)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Clouds

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.     (Henry David Thoreau) Participate in Cee’s challenge or see other photos of clouds here.

Writers Quote Wednesday: Louisa May Alcott

Born in 1832, Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known for her books, Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys.  She grew up in New England among well-known intellectuals and writers of the day including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Although most Americans know her as a writer, she also worked…

Most Influential Blogger Award

Many thanks to WoollyMuses for honoring me with the Most Influential Blogger Award.  It’s nice to know that my posts have been influential in some small way.  Please check out WoollyMuses who lives in and blogs from my favourite country in the world, Australia. As a condition of accepting the award, I must answer some questions: 1. What…

“The Simplicity of Light”

“I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.“ (Henry David Thoreau)    

Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge: Allure

“With liberty and pleasant weather, the simplest occupation, any unquestioned country mode of life which detains us in the open air, is alluring.” (Henry David Thoreau) To participate in this challenge or to view other interpretations of allure, see http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/eses-weekly-shoot-quote-challenge-allure/  

Monthly Peace Challenge: Quote This

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson This month’s peace challenge, hosted by Bloggers for Peace and everydaygurus, is to post a quotation to facilitate peace in the world.  I have chosen three quotes, all from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American essayist, lecturer, poet, ordained minister, and abolitionist who became the central figure in the philosophical movement…