Friday’s Thought – The Colors of the Spirit

West Side Market fresh fruit

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – 10 Steps to Cultivating Beauty

I’ve been talking a lot to my mom lately.  Last night the subject of our conversation turned to what makes someone beautiful.  And that got me thinking about my friends and why they are so beautiful to me.

My friends…

1. Make eye contact with me

2. Listen intently

3. Try to understand what I’m feeling and where I’m coming from

4. Are caring and loyal

5. Are honest about their own fears and insecurities

6. Share their successes and triumphs

7. Are generous

8. Have a sense of humor about themselves and about life

9.  Are curious about the world and aren’t afraid to try new things

10. Embrace their age with honesty and grace

I figure if I can strive to be even half of those things to my friends, I might just become more beautiful, too!

 funny hair roller fashionista

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 
(Kahlil Gibran)

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The Melancholy Polka – New Whimsical Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Josephine hasn’t been feeling exactly chipper of late…in fact, melancholy might be a better description of her mood.  But even Josephine knows that moods come and go.   And so she’s embracing this one and learning to dance with it, too.

Melancholy Polka for blog

(The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.)


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Friday’s Thought – On Moderation

photo of cappucino and croissants


“Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

(Julia Child)


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My Favorite Things – A Solitary Stroll Through the Conservatory Gardens on a Spring Evening

Earlier this evening I walked across the park to the Conservatory Gardens.

Conservatory garden


The light was clean and clear and the air was cool.  The gardens are just beginning to bloom, and the annual plantings are little more than promising rows of green shoots.  Even so, there were enough miniature wild flowers, blooming bushes and blossoming trees to keep me and my camera occupied.

This is what I saw:


green Lenten rose


yellow and white daffodils


Yellow Finch


furry twigs


yellow clusters of flowers against a blue sky


snow drops


pink magnolia blossom




pink blossom


pink tulip


pink Lenten rose


white magnolia blossom


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Friday’s Thought – On Life


shadows in the choir

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” 
(Søren Kierkegaard)


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My Favorite Things – Spring Flowers in Washington, D.C.

I’m spending a few days now in Washington, DC….not working, just getting some much needed rest and being “the wife” as my husband slaves away conducting performances at Kennedy Center.  (In case you’re in town, here is the schedule for the New York City Ballet performances.)

Even though the sky was gray today, the temperatures were warm and the rain held off.  Which gave me the perfect opportunity to take these shots…

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(for Meh-meh)


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