“That place where wildflowers wrote summer stories.” ~ unknown
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
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.
May, little snippets of beauty greet you at your every turn. Notice them, they are there just for you.
“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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