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Friday’s Thought – A Natural Tapestry

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

(Richard P. Feynman)

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My Favorite Things – The Early Fruits of Summer

I’ve had a hectic two weeks – including playing 14 Wicked shows and a trio concert in Vermont – so tonight I am relishing having a teeny breather before we head off to Saratoga, NY for more fun with New York City Ballet.  Escaping the heat and noise of the Big Apple is quite welcome at this time of year.  Speaking of fruit, my appetite was piqued on my short stay last weekend with my mom in her cottage in New Hampshire.

Here’s what’s flourishing in her garden right now…

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Friday’s Thought – A Moment in Time

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

(Frida Kahlo)

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Friday’s Thought – Simple Truths

red-canoe

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

(Wallace Stevens)

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My Favorite Things – Decompressing in New Hampshire

After almost non-stop spring and summer work interspersed with a move and international travel, it’s been REALLY nice to decompress this week at my mom’s lakeside cabin in New Hampshire.  Meal times are a highlight of each day and our entertainment consists of simple pleasures like loon-watching, berry picking, swimming, sitting on the dock and playing board games.

Here’s a snap-shot of our day so far:

Loon-spotting on the dock this morning…

Loon on Goose Pond

Was followed by a stroll through my mom’s garden!

bees on the daisies

Then we were off to pick fresh raspberries…

raspberries

And blueberries!

pick your own blueberries

blueberries on the bush

Back at home in time for lunch with our loot…

fresh picked berries

What could be better?

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My Favorite Things – Winter Postcards from New Hampshire and Maine

cold harbor view in Kittery

Part of the beauty of escaping to Maine in the winter is that it’s too cold to do much else other than hibernate (and eat and play card games, of course!)  Fortunately, my mom’s humble rental in Kittery, Maine is just a few steps from Portsmouth, NH, so when we’ve finally gotten up the energy to come out of hibernation mode, there’s plenty to see and do.

Our late afternoon walk today took us across the Portsmouth bridge…

view from the Portsmouth bridge

And provided great views of the lobster shacks and fishing boats in the Kittery harbor below.

the harbor in Portsmouth, NH

House in Kittery, Maine with lobster lures

The fading light brought the lampposts, store signs and steeples of downtown Portsmouth into relief…

many signs in downtown Portsmouth, NH

White steeple in Portsmouth, NH

And left the streets seemingly dusted in a gold haze.

Sunlit lamps and wreath in Portsmouth, NH

After rewarding ourselves with a hot chocolate, cappuccino and a few cookies at Popovers Cafe

hot chocolate at Popovers cafe in Portsmouth, NH

We made our way home across the bridge.

cottage on stilts in Kittery, ME

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Friday’s Thought – In the Hammock

lying in the hammock

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

(John Lubbock)

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