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You may ask yourself what is so special about tomatoes.  And, in fact, it’s not a particularly beautiful photograph, either.  But after a five-year hiatus, I am able to eat both raw and cooked tomatoes again.  And every time I eat them, I am so appreciative of how flavorful and delicious they are!

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Over the winter I have been exploring some new crafts.  These are photos of a few cards I made with a new die-cut machine.  It’s the same paper and pattern, combined in three different ways.

The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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The Chicago Botanic Gardens has a spectacular orchid show in the late winter each year.  We haven’t in awhile, but I thought I would share these pictures from years past.

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