Sidewalk moss grid

Give me the man who will surrender the whole world for a moss or a caterpillar, and impracticable visions for a simple human delight. ~ Bruce Frederick Cummings

I thought this was a nice contrast of colors, and animate v. inanimate.

Boy in the rear-view

“A boy is a magical creature – you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart.” ~ Allan Beck

There are certain times when your kids are just adorable – mostly when they are quiet ;). Like when they are sleeping, or in the moments like this one in the morning on the way to school, when my boy looks thoughtful and serious – he’s still waking up. Love him.

Old Truck Rear

Trucks are Americana – they speak of our dedication to the classic Puritan virtues of hard work, self-reliance, and practical utility.

We are like leaves on a tree

“If you don’t know [your family’s] history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree” ~ Michael Crichton

I took this in the back yard of the bride during a family wedding. Knowing your family history is really interesting, and you can trace certain family successes and failures from the distant past even up to the present.

Some even believe that family ‘curses’ like commitments to witchcraft or divination can negatively affect future generations.

At least this seems true, the ‘sins’ of the parents, be they angry discipline, alcoholism, and various emotional dysfunctions, certainly are passed down and must be mercilessly uprooted in our own lives if we want to protect our own marriages, selves, and children from them.

Autumn lake

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878) American romantic poet

It was very overcast during my trip to Vermont, but here’s the best photo I could get of the fall colors. Hope you find it beautiful!

A feast for the eyes

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.  ~ Chinese Proverb

This photo is unedited – just a beautiful ornamental vine.

Roots of murder

Another tree stump which eerily looks like a human body. I take this second day to remember the victims of 9/11, and to remind us that Islam is not just another religion, it’s a violent, misogynistic, pedophilic, domineering, anti-semitic, and perverse religion that has shed blood since its inception, and one of the main enemies of modern humanity. Do yourself a favor, go listen to ex-muslims like those listed below and don’t be fooled by the pretty face of the millions of good muslims who ‘fail’ to follow Mohammed’s violent example.

Remembering those cut down in mid life by Islamists

In the seventh century of the Christian era a wandering Arab, of the lineage of Hagar, the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius with the preternatural energy of a fanatic and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. ~ John Quincy Adams

I watched the 9/11 show of the O’Reilly Factor, and they just showed a documentary on 9/11. It reminded me that, though there are lots of nice Muslims out there, the religion itself is poisonous and anti-human. I doubt you could sway me from that – I think it’s the most heinous ideology since Nazism, and worse than Nazism because it’s both antisemitic AND driven by a belief in divine mandate to kill or supress unbelievers.

Roadside lily

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Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.  ~Henry Beecher

My drive to work is filled with beauty, including flowers both wild and cultivated. Anyone know what this is? Here’s some other versions, including the original (first one below).

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Tree eats house

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The trees are God’s great alphabet:With them He writes in shining greenAcross the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer

This little one-room barn is on my way to work – abandoned, and being eaten by this tree.

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Miscommunication

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“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins

My youngest child has a funny, big personality. This is us pretending to be irritated with one another. She’s a crackup.