Sunday, April 29, 2012

Soul and Self

Your soul is all that you possess. 
 Take it in hand and make something of it!  
Martin H. Fischer

Friday, April 27, 2012

Purple and Peonies

Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.  
They just open up and turn toward the light
 and that makes them beautiful.  
Jim Carrey

I love peonies, but this photo didn't do them justice.  In fact, the photo was a disappointment until I tinted it with Picasa.  Voila!  Picasa to the rescue.  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Wise Pastor

If you head over to Easy Street today, you'll see where this quote and this photo of a page came from.  Never underestimate young people.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Little Lunatics

A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This little redhead goes to our church.  Her mama is her favorite person.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Babies and Dogs

No symphony orchestra ever played music 
like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.
Bern Williams

Or in this case an 8 month old girl laughing at Nana's dog and trying to kiss him.  As you can tell, the dog really hates it! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends. 
Shel Silverstein

Thursday, April 19, 2012

God's Clothed In Purple

I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
 Alan Hovhaness

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Small Town Simplicity

Anything simple always interests me.  
David Hockney

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Don't I Wish

Age is just a number. 
It's totally irrelevant unless,
 of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
Joan Collins
My oldest daughter has a neighbor who has this tree.  I was hoping that it was a tree that grew bottles of Relax Riesling.  No such luck.  She just hangs the empties.  Why?  I have no idea, but I love seeing those blue bottles.

Monday, April 16, 2012


I'm not afraid of storms,
for I'm learning to sail my ships.
Louisa May Alcott

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Art by Pencil, Courtesy of Picasa

Let me ask you something, 
what is not art?
Again, the new features of Picasa: turning a ho hum photo into a pencil sketching.  Pretty cool. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ruling My World

Given enough coffee,
I could rule the world. true!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mommies and Girls

Mommies are just big little girls.
And they remember what it is like to be a little girl.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Memories Out of the Ruins

Someone was happy there once.
My Grandmother

When I was a kid, every time we passed an abandoned farmstead, my grandmother would always say, "Someone was happy there once."   I always liked to imagine kids playing in the yard, or folks sitting on the porch.  As an adult, I can see what a positive spin Grandma put on what was a sad situation.  Obviously, the farmstead was in decay, the house collapsing on itself, and nothing but empty prairies around it.  Yet, Grandma chose to concentrate on what it had meant to someone.  I like that.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lifelong Learners

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; 
but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, 
he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  
Clay P. Bedford

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Riddle

Which came first?  
Easter or the Egg?
Three days in a tomb or three days in Palm Springs?
When is a stone not a stone?
When it is rolled away.
(This is from memory.  I have no idea where I read it or
who the author is, but I've never forgotten it.)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Baby Bug

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - 
and more wonderful.  
~Charles Osgood

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; 
no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
William Penn

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Railroad Bridge

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
 No matter where it's going.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
I love this old railroad bridge.  I think there are plans to put up a new one.  I doubt it will look like this one.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lilacs- Everywhere

Lilacs in dooryards
Holding quiet conversations with an early moon;   
Lilacs watching a deserted house
Settling sideways into the grass of an old road;
Lilacs, wind-beaten, staggering under a lopsided shock of bloom
Above a cellar dug into a hill.
You are everywhere.
You were everywhere. 
Amy Lowell

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Life is like a bowl of jelly beans,
and sometimes you get your favorite flavor!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pop Art By Mrs. E

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
  ~Scott Adams

I told you Picasa has all kinds of new editing features.  This picture was just a beer bottle on the picnic table.  I love the fact that the editing makes it look like a painting.  (Maybe a photo like this could teach me to paint???)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

Alleluia, how the people cheer
And palm leaves rustle as the king draws near.
~ John Beavis