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I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.
Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com
I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
Robert Bridges, Testament of Beauty
Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.
Coffee. Garden. Coffee. Does a good morning need anything else?
Betsy Cañas Garmon
It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane
I know I haven’t been posting much lately. No real reason other than not spending as much time in front of the computer. However, it’s @&$#ing hot today and I’m sitting in front of the computer with two fans blowing on me as I try to stay cool. Then I found some pictures that made my heart melt.
Although, with the noon temperature at 90 and the humidity making it feel like 108, I think my brain is melting a bit, too.
Because sharing is caring, check out BuzzFeed which has 21 examples of people being awesome people. And, here’s a sneak peek of some of the awesomeness.
Someone remembered what it was like being young parents.
Some businesses helping others the best way they can.
Who doesn’t love firemen! And cats! And firemen rescuing cats!
And, just because…
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Here’s some wonderful advice for dads and their daughters from Life to Her Years
Let her hear you bragging about her to others.
Make sure your face lights up any time she enters the room. Do this throughout her life and she will always feel treasured.
Sometimes a listening ear is all she needs. For everything else, just smile and fix it. Her mom’s not the only one who can safety-pin a dress.
Encourage her adventurous side. Today she’s conquering the playground slide. Tomorrow, the world.
Encourage her to face her fears. Walking beside her through frightening experiences today will give her the courage she needs to overcome them later in life when she’s on her own.
Tea parties are a big deal. Do not take them lightly.
Always ask about her day. This is just as important at 2 and 5 as it is when she’s 25.
Let her get dirty.
Encourage her to make mistakes. No one ever succeeded at anything worthwhile without messing up a few times first.
Never turn down an offer to dance.
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How many of these dadisms from activerain.com do you remember?
- Don’t ask me, ask your mother.
- I’m not just talking to hear my own voice!
- Don’t forget to check your oil.
- Did you check the oil?
- Are you SURE you checked the oil?
- Don’t use that tone with me!
- Who said life was fair?
- Drive safe!
- Don’t make me stop the car!
- Go ask your mother!
- Just wait until I get you home!
- I’m not sleeping, I was watching that channel.
- You should visit more often. Your mother worries.
- Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?
- What do you think I am, a bank?
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You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.
Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.
Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
Dr. Alexis Carrel
The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.
If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.
To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying “Amen” to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.
Robert Louis Stevenson