10 July 2019

Sweetgrass Hills - Central-North Montana

Even though this is pure southern Alberta sky, the hazy Sweetgrass Hills on the distant horizon are all Montana - which qualifies this pic to be posted here, according to my expert panel (of me, myself, & I, with outside consulting by Sis #3).

02 July 2019

Shadowy Clarity - Missoula, Montana

For a spot of pondering (& the full article is quite worth reading to consider the full context of this statement.):

"We humans do not do well when someone whose intentions are unclear tells us where we stand, how good we “really” are, and what we must do to fix ourselves. 
We excel only when people who know us and care about us tell us what they experience and what they feel, and in particular when they see something within us that really works."
-From  The Feedback Fallacy by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall, March-April 2019 Issue of Harvard Business Review

27 June 2019

Stormy Present - Missoula, Montana

“The dogmas of the quiet past 
are inadequate to the stormy present. 
The occasion is piled high with difficulty,
 and we must rise with the occasion. 
As our case is new,
 so we must think anew and act anew.”
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), from 1862 Annual Message to Congress

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."