Thought of the Day

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible. Albert Einstein


Wordless Wednesday



Warm.             Loud.               Bright.            Heat.              Fire.

All that greets us outside our front door.

The nickname for this flaming plant is Burning Bush.

Very appropriate, yes? Our view is gloriously bright these days!


For Rose

Iron horses

prancingand rearing

on a tiny, postage-stamp size lawn outside a restaurant.

You should see them IRL some day.


P.S. Happy Birthday Skye (who will always be ‘puppy’ in some sense to me)!

Why I’m glad today

Last night Rose and I spent the evening out. We talked about a variety of topics, including ancient Rome. For the life of me, I can’t remember how we landed on that subject, but while we were there, she told me that most women’s names in that time were feminized versions of their family name.


Especially interesting given the fact that I have five sisters. So would all six of us have had the same name if we lived in ancient Rome?

Not likely.

Women in ancient Rome apparently didn’t have sisters.

You see, baby boys were valued, but not girls.

So once a family had a daughter, they didn’t welcome any more baby girls.

Since I’m not the oldest of my sisters, I’m glad that I wasn’t born in ancient Rome. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down today
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

But isn’t it glorious while it’s here?

(Photo is the view from an upstairs window last week.)