As a Bee to a Flower

 

“I go to books and to nature as a bee goes to the flower,

for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.”

John Burroughs

 

Here’s hoping that you find ways to make honey of your life and that others will taste its sweetness.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week—my neighbor’s ginger:

Shadow of the Week:

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Seeds for All Seasons

 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap

but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

And plant the seeds of peace.

 

Nature of the week:

Shadow (and silhouette) of the Week:

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The Breath of Nature

 

“With hues on hues

expression cannot paint

The breath of Nature,

And her endless bloom.”

James Thomson

 

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed,

and to have my senses put in order.”

John Burroughs

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

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Peace and Pageantry

 

Let us … seek peace …

near the inland murmur of streams,

and the gracious waving of trees,

the beauteous vesture of earth,

and sublime pageantry of the skies.

– Mary Shelley, The Last Man

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

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A World Full, A Cup Full

 

“…although the world is full of suffering,

it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller

 

Helen Keller’s words remind me of something Frederick Buechner said in his essay for Going on Faith: “All the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” It also makes me think of some advice that Fred Rogers left us: When bad things happen, look for the helpers.

So keep your eyes open; be aware of the bad. But don’t drown in that cup.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Keep moving toward what brings life.

Look for the helpers.

And be one.

 

Nature of the week:

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An Eden Summer

 

“The times are dark but never too dark for

An Eden Summer, this flower-rich creation.”

Elizabeth Jennings

“English Wild Flowers”

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

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Windows Open to Beauty

 

“Let there be windows to your soul,

that all the glory of the world may beautify it.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

 

Nature of the week:

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Infinite Beauty

 

“Nature is painting for us,

day after day,

pictures of infinite beauty.”

John Ruskin

 

Pause and see the beauty nature is painting—and linger to smell, taste, listen, and touch infinity. Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

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More Than Any Wise Man

 

“The soul that is kind and intends justice

discovers more than any wise man.”

– Sophocles –

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week – zucchini blooms:

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Balancing Two Nevers

 

Never let your kindness keep you from being honest.

Never let your honesty keep you from being kind.

(adapted from The Artful Edit by Susan Bell)

 

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Nature of the week:

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