My mom has this wonderful way of making beauty around her as she goes. Here, a few small clippings from a house plant to decorate the kitchen windowsill.  Chester, CT.  July 2016.

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. – Maya Angelou

Cultivating gratitude for all things isn’t so much a feeling as a decision. – Panache Desai

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.  – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross via simplereminders.com

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: the are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. – Ernest Hemingway

What if your fairy godmother is the wisest, smartest version of yourself, whispering from the future? via blissiimo

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. – David Bowie

“I like stories where women save themselves.” – Neil Gaiman.  And that is why we like your stories, Neil! 🙂

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.  – Hafiz

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. – Unknown Author  via simplereminders.com

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. – Neil Gaiman

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell

If it can be solved, there is to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use. – The Dalai Lama

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.

Nick Miller (nickmiller), Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (via ethereally)

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison, via The Happiness Project

From SlowFood.org on FB, food guidelines from 1917 – times have changed!

In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

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