leaves wings and other such things

strength and good fortune

A new year can be a time of reflection and refined direction. The Chinese calendar and cultural symbolism inspires a positive perspective.

Strength, grace, and willpower of the horse, and the strength, power, and good fortune of the dragon are combined here in this new year’s illustration of peace.

merging of dragon and horse symbols for the new year

The year of the horse ends in early February 2015. It is the ram, a symbol of power, drive, energy, fearlessness and initiative that gives personality to the next full year.

ram with fish, birds, branches, and flowers buds

Chinese culture’s awareness and close connection to nature is so beautiful.

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halloween bootanical

from the earth a garden  h a l l o w e e n   b o o o o -t a n i c a l   b o o o o-q u e t.






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keep calm

volture carrion



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swinging with playful birds

swinging with playful birds singing chirping dancing playing.


playful birds swinging

from a wired article, 01-08-14:

orvids, the group of birds that includes ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, have quite the reputation. Ravens can use insight to solve problems, crows make and use a variety of tools, and jays can remember the past and plan for the future.

boy with singing bird on his head

These birds are also known to be particularly explorative and playful. They are very interested in novel objects, regularly manipulating things they find and even taking and stashing objects. . . .Animals learn about their physical environment by interacting with objects, and corvids may build up a knowledge database of their world through object exploration. This might help them discover new sources of food, evade different kinds of predators, or adapt to changing or new environments. [Ivo] Jacobs says corvids fit this picture because they are relatively large-brained, long-lived, adaptable, playful, and innovative.

They are known for their behavioral flexibility and interest in new things. Object caching may reflect an exploratory spirit. . . .
boy with singing bird on his

except from article by: Jacobs, I. F., Osvath, M., Osvath, H., Mioduszewska, B., von Bayern, A. M. P., and Kacelnik, A. (2013). 


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beauty of the dolphins

Cultures have long heard wisdom in non-human voices: Apollo, god of music, medicine & knowledge, came to Delphi in the form of a dolphin. But dolphins, which fill the oceans with blipping chirping, whales, which mew & caw in ultramarine jazz – a true rhapsody in blue – are hunted to the edge of silence. 

—Jay Griffith

Jumping Dolphins in the Wind and oceans

So long, & thanks for all the fish.

the fourth book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy —Douglas Adams 


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my heart belongs to mommy

enough said—

blonde headed child with tee "my heart belongs to mommy"

unless you are billy collins—

The Lanyard

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

—Billie Collins

my heart belongs to mother

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coffee coffee coffee

QCafeClerk coffee tea

QCafeClerk coffee tea biscottiQCafeClerk

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silly little ram

silly little, tiny, tiny ram—

tiny little ram face



nestled in your forest of lillies—



tiny little ram nestled in a forest of lillies



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peace, mistletoe & wings

a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices.

wishes for a happy holidays.

child holding mistletoe in holly scarf with blue winged cardinal

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crows sing halloween










crows sing a paul simon influenced halloween greeting—

no tricks.       only treats.

crows singing a Paul Simon influenced Halloween melody
these festive creatures want to dispell the dark reputation given to crows for centuries.

here is some insight on these wicked scary (?), wicked smart creatures.


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