Sunday Thoughts ~ July 19, 2020

“That place where wildflowers wrote summer stories.” ~ unknown

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Good morning, beautiful souls.  Summer is marching along and our hillsides in West Virginia are bursting with wildflower bloom.  They turn an ordinary trip to the store into a sweet sight-seeing adventure.  To me, they are a sign of hope and one of the ‘simple things of life’ I enjoy.  

“There are butterflies here.  Watch how they dance from wildflower to wildflower in a nectar~fuelled trance. 

Fluttering, fitting, lightly they live. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have wings and think only of wildflowers.” ~ Ellis Nightingale, Wildflowers 

speakingofnature: “As summer advances more wildflowers become available to feed the butterfly population. Here an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) nectars at a favorite of many butterflies, the Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). ” Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying Wild Bergamot.

“Where hope grows, miracles blossom.” ~ Elna Rae

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we… see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places~and there are so many~where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory…” ~ Howard Zinn

Dear friends, while each of our lives and our communities is unique.  We are all struggling to deal with the virus and the non-ending bad news.  However, I know we are also struggling to keep life as safe and normal as we possibly can, for ourselves and those we love.  And, there are different things that help each of us cope.  Whatever that may be for you, stay with it.   

And…

May, little snippets of beauty greet you at your every turn.  Notice them, they are there just for you. 

Stay well! 

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“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

 

Amour,

Sandra

 

 

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22 Comments on "Sunday Thoughts ~ July 19, 2020"

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Pam Richardson
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Sandra, as always your Sunday posts are a balm to my soul. I love seeing the butterflies flitting around, they are oblivious to what is going on in our world. They are just feasting on sweet nectar. Which reminds me of all we have to be grateful for even during these times. Wishing you and Michael a beauty-filled day. Thank you for spreading beauty and love my friend ♥️

Rita C at Panoply
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Sandra, i so enjoy the peace and quiet of your Sunday posts. Let’s keep on keepin’ on……

jeanie
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Oh Sandra, these wonderful and inspiring quotes and your own perfect words really are a brightness to any day as we walk these new and uncertain paths. I am calmed by just looking and reading here. Happy Sunday and new week to you.

Penny Carlson
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Loved the quote by Zinn. Beautiful post.

Maristella
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Amazing post!You have brighten up my day! Best wishes,dear Sandra.

bonnie morgan
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Beautiful pictures. They are calming in troubled times.
We are having numerous cases among people we know now.
Thankful our governor mandated masks.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
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Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Happy Sunday, Sandra! Your blog is always a place of peace and calm. Thanks for your comforting words and beautiful photographs and quotes. May you mr week ahead be filled with peace and blessings! Take care, sweet friend!

Sandra
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Shannon, thanks so much. I am pleased you enjoy visiting with me. Wishing you a lovely week. Stay well, my friend.

maria dolores velasco vidal
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My dear friend, your publications are always a balm for the spirit and a meditation on the simple things that are, perhaps, those that bring us closer to God.
Beautiful words, beautiful images that calm the soul in these difficult times and the worst … we do not know how long they can last. Faced with this, it offers us beautiful, relaxing and wise moments that leave us happy.
Thank you dear Sandra, a hug

Sandra
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Dear Dolores, thank you so much for your lovely and kind words. These are difficult times we are living through and I do believe beauty is a great help for all of us. Wishing you a lovely week. Stay well, dear friend. ❤

Brenda @ It\'s A Beautiful Life
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I really loved those lines by Howard Zinn. So true. I’m writing that down in my notebook. Thank you, Sandra, for your uplighting post today. It’s a balm in these troubled times. Wishing you a beautiful day. Brenda xox

Sandra
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Good morning, Brenda. I also love the words by Zinn. They were comforting to me. Wishing you a wonderful week and thanks so much for your visit. Stay well, my friend.

FrenchGardenHouse
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What a beautiful Sunday post, Sandra. This post is like honey to my very soul. At this uncertain time, we can all use a beautiful reminder about how healing nature is, and how beautiful. Thank you for the beauty, the inspiration, and the gentle push to keep going forward with hope. I hope you and your loves have a blessed week ahead. xo Lidy

Lorrie
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Beautiful photos of lovely things that speak into the soul. Nature reminds us of God’s presence and his care of each one of us. It’s always good to store up beauty in our thoughts and minds for those days when life isn’t all we want. Have a wonderful week!

Sandra
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Dear Lorrie, so good to see you. Thank you for your lovely comments. For me, nature is truly a healing place. It is almost as it is a safe place from our crazy world. Beauty is something that is good for all of us. And, you are right it is “good to store it up in our thoughts and minds.” Wishing you a lovely week as well.

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