Category: beauty

  • The beauty of nature

    “Nature is always less gaudy than I remember it,” Hernan Diaz writes in his book Trust. “It has much better taste than I.”

  • Friends–normal and abnormal

    I have friends who are normal. Friends who are abnormal. Friends who are interesting. Friends who are weird. Friends who are complex. Friends are like flowers—and like weeds, too. “And, weeds are flowers, too,” Winnie-the Pooh once said. “Once you get to know them.” –Joy

  • Fresh air and sunshine

    I went to the Dallas Arboretum yesterday on a sunny day and saw many of the 500,00 spring blossoms on display. “Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat,” Laura Ingalis Wilder once said. I like fresh air and sunshine and agree that they’re hard to beat—but, for sure, colorful tulips…

  • Grand moments

    It was warm today. Finally! And, I talked to a neighbor who was a standing in her yard. It was a pleasant moment. Maybe not a grand moment, but a good one. I was reminded of another quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “We ask for a long life, but it is deep life or grand…

  • Autumn bliss

    “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” Emily Bronte once said.

  • My colorful tree

    Today when I turned the corner onto my street after my morning walk, I noticed a tall, beautiful tree with leaves that are turning red. Then, I realized that the tree is our tree—in our front yard! I was delighted. “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough,” Toni Morrison once said. “You…

  • November spins

    Margaret Rose once wrote: November is a spinner Spinning in the mist, Weaving such a lovely web Of gold and amethyst.

  • Autumn leaves

    It’s still 80 degrees in Dallas on November 7, 2023, but I have seen a few autumn leaves. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” Emily Bronte once said. –Joy

  • A single thing in nature

    My brother James and his wife Jeany have 14 turkeys on their nine acres in New Mexico. That 14 includes five babies and one mother about to give birth. I never knew that turkeys could be so beautiful, so elegant until I saw these turkeys. They are a beautiful part of nature. As John Muir…

  • Moments to remember

    I am trying to remember what we did each day during our vacation in Bellingham, but the days are jumbled together in my mind. I remember sitting on a picnic table near the water while we ate pastries for breakfast, eating Polish crepes and pierogies at Magdalena’s in Fairhaven and watching a man fly 67—yes,…