Creating Beauty: It Matters

“Make your tiny corner of the world beautiful, even for one brief, anonymous moment. It matters.” – Nichole Nordeman Creating Beauty: It Matters A couple of weeks ago, I looked through photos on Instagram and saw a photo taken by Nichole Nordeman in the O’Hare Airport in Chicago. She had been stranded there on herContinue reading “Creating Beauty: It Matters”

Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart

To me, flowers are happiness. – Stefano Gabbana Every spring, my heart looks forward to the flowers. Years ago, when we moved in to our current home after 4 years living in Prague, I planted a flower garden (and wrote about it here). Every spring since has been more and more of a celebration. IContinue reading “Peonies, Beauty, and a Joy-filled Heart”

A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ “A Chapter of Definitions,” Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd Years ago, I planted Swamp Milkweed in my backyard. With a name like that, it’s a wonder anyone would plant it willingly in one’sContinue reading “A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty”

10 Favorite Autumn Quotes and Photographs

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus I’m usually a summer kind of girl, one for the long days and warm sunshine and sweet flower fragrance in the breeze. But this fall has been one that has made me reconsider which season I love most. Has it doneContinue reading “10 Favorite Autumn Quotes and Photographs”

A Weekend on the Tennessee River

“Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the clay hills …” -William Clay Handy   Where I live, there aren’t many places to go where you can’t see or hear another person. Cincinnati is like most U.S. cities — filled with cars and highways and buses and buildings. But forContinue reading “A Weekend on the Tennessee River”

12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Every year in September as the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall, I become wistful for the summer. In winter, I miss the color — the greens ofContinue reading “12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs”

The Surprising Beauty of Crane Beach

Castle Hill above Crane Beach derives its history from December 29, 1634, when a group of Ipswich town men voted “that the Neck of Land wheareuppon the great Hill standeth, which is known by the name of the Castle Hill, lyeinge on the other side of this River towards the Sea, shall remayne unto theContinue reading “The Surprising Beauty of Crane Beach”

Peonies and Beauty

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. – Alice Walker   I have always loved flowers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fields of red poppies or vibrant yellow rapeseed across Europe, the Redbud and Dogwood trees here in Ohio this spring, from the small garden in my backyard,Continue reading “Peonies and Beauty”