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12 June 2019

Always Young - Spring Chicks, Missoula, Montana

" "You haven't changed, " I said.
He smiled. "I guess somewhere in a corner of our hearts, we are always twenty." "

-From Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, p. 397
  (NOTE: This based-on-a-true story is a definite recommend for WWII historical fiction fans. I love learning history from well-researched insider perspective, and this book definitely brings that from the view of several and varied real women, including a New York socialite and a female doctor at Ravensbruck.  While the writing caliber lags just a smidge in places, the story and characters pull you through, and there's certainly grace with this being the author's first novel - which a feat to be intensely admired! Now I need to track down her prequel, Lost Roses... )

05 June 2019

Late Bloomer Reflections - Missoula, Montana

“To doubt everything
  or to believe everything
  are two equally convenient solutions; 
  both dispense with the necessity of reflection.”
   Henri PoincarĂ© (1854-1912)

 

28 May 2019

Blooming Spring Tuesday - Missoula, Montana

On any Tuesday after a holiday Monday, I must repeatedly remind my self, "Self, today is Tuesday, not Monday..." 
And oh, what a glorious Tuesday it's turned out to be! 
Off I go into the lingering sunshine!

24 May 2019

Authentically Becoming - Missoula, Montana


Inspiring thoughts on authenticity gleaned from a 3-hour Avengers action movie with the fam (with no potty break, thank you very much!) - I didn't expect this bonus takeaway, but here 'tis (I wonder if  The Velveteen Rabbit was among Thor's bedtime stories?) :

“Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. 
The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are.

- Frigga, Thor’s mum, in Avengers: Endgame (2019) 

06 May 2019

On Personal Growth - Missoula, Montana


Perhaps this wee spring bud is thinking deep thoughts along these lines (because you know plants are deep thinkers...which is one reason why we should talk to them...): 

"The best way to prove yourself is to improve yourself."

26 April 2019

Spring Ice Break Up - Flathead Lake, Polson, Montana

On dealing rightly with those who depend on us:
" ...you do not understand - trust is like a broken mirror, you may still see yourself, but you can never dismiss the crack."

-From Depth of Winter, A Longmire Mystery, by Craig Johnson, page 69

25 April 2019

Gratefully Present - Missoula, Montana


“If you must look back, do so
forgivingly. 
If you must look forward, do so 
prayerfully.
However, the wisest thing you can do is 
be present in the present... gratefully.”

- Maya Angelou (1928-2014)