“A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.”
Jean Paul Richter
So hard to believe this autumn bud was just captured a little over a month ago… it will always remind me of the transformative weekend in my hometown of Portland, OR, where I took another powerful step toward creating inner peace and being love.
@ Portland Rose Garden
“In one drop of water are found
all the secrets of all the oceans;
in one aspect of You are found
all the aspects of existence.”
“The magic of purpose and of love
in its purest form. Not television love,
with its glare and hollow and sequined glint;
not sex and allure,
all high shoes and high drama,
everything both too small and
in too much excess, but just love.
Love like rain, like the smell of a tangerine,
like a surprise found in your pocket.”
“When the stormy winds do blow;
When the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy winds do blow.”
“Pursue some path,
however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
Henry David Thoreau
“May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart.
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you,
and may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.”
“Art will liberate itself from
the needs and desires of men.
No longer will we paint a forest
or a horse as we like
or as they appear to us,
but as they really are.”