Thursday, February 22, 2018

Looking up

Did you know...that around the tenth of August, any year, you can look up in the sky at night and see dozens and dozens of shooting stars?
~Elizabeth Enright

Just one painting today. Shooting Stars by Franz Ritter von Stuck:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


We should give as we would receive: cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

Random Acts of Kindness Day was February 17th, which I didn't know when I picked this topic for Wellness Wednesday. I picked it because I was feeling down the other day and thought doing something nice for somebody else would pick me up. It's a mood lifter, don't you think? Win-win.

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
~Princess Diana

"Acts of Kindness" suggestion lists are plentiful. Here are a few from Random Acts of

* Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
* Give away stuff for free on Craig’s List.
* Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
* Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
* Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
* Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
* Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
* Leave quarters at the laundromat.
* Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
* Smile at five strangers.

26 Acts of Kindness (one for every student who was killed at Newtown)

From an old post of mine:
Foo Foo and Sugar

* Downloadable Random Acts of Kindness bookmarks
* Random Acts of also has School Activity Ideas
* Help has a long list of idea links.
* Gives Me Hope has a random acts of kindness page.
* Pay It Forward Experience will have a SKYPE call with your school or group.
* Free compliments
* The Web is a Random Act of Kindness, a TED talk video.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Marian Hill

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
~Dame Edith Sitwell

The duo from Philadelphia known as "Marian Hill" is Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd (nobody named Marian!).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sweet, brave Poetry

As long as I live I shall always be My Self - and no other, Just me.
~Walter de la Mare

Sharing two poems by Walter de la Mare this week, including a science-related one. No chemistry, though :-)

The Happy Encounter
By Walter De La Mare

I saw sweet Poetry turn troubled eyes
On shaggy Science nosing in the grass,
For by that way poor Poetry must pass
On her long pilgrimage to Paradise.
He snuffled, grunted, squealed; perplexed by flies,
Parched, weatherworn, and near of sight, alas,
From peering close where very little was
In dens secluded from the open skies.

But Poetry in bravery went down,
And called his name, soft, clear, and fearlessly;
Stooped low, and stroked his muzzle overgrown;
Refreshed his drought with dew; wiped pure and free
His eyes: and lo! laughed loud for joy to see
In those grey deeps the azure of her own.


All But Blind
By Walter De La Mare

All but blind
In his chambered hole
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed Mole.

All but blind
In the evening sky
The hooded Bat
Twirls softly by.

All but blind
In the burning day
The Barn-Owl blunders
On her way.

And blind as are
These three to me,
So, blind to Some-one
I must be.


Check It Out has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Jone!

Tree of Life

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.
~Chinese Proverb

Today for Art Thursday, we have the Tree of Life, a common element in many religions and philosophies, embodying the idea that all life is connected.

Cosmic Tree
Hildegard von Bingen

Painting of life tree, Shaki Khan palace, Azerbaijan National Art Museum, Usta Gambar Garabagi
photo by Urek Meniashvili

Tree of life
by Tibor Rieger, Hungary

Tree of Life Mosaic

Night show of the Tree of Life

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Write Yourself a Love Letter

When you pass'd my window home yesterday, I was fill'd with as much admiration as if I had then seen you for the first time...Even if you did not love me I could not help an entire devotion to you.
~John Keats

I like this one for the title, for the clever way to convey love letters, for the architecture, for the narrative that we are only privy to a moment of...

The Intercepted Love Letter
by Carl Spitzweg

If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.
~Charles Bukowski

And now, for writing love letters to yourself!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Salio's Song

People who had never been there, and who possibly never could go there, spoke of Georgia with a kind of longing and a great admiration.
~John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal

Today, we're visiting the country Georgia for a charming love song: