April 30, 2016

April in Pictures

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."
-  Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant 

April Showers

April 30, 2016 (121/366)

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep." ~ Hal Borland
April 29, 2016

When boats fly!

April 29, 2016 (120/366)

"She flies through the air with the greatest of ease..."

...and she still floats!
April 28, 2016

Lady Slippers

April 28, 2016 (119/366)

"Well-apparell’d April on the heel of limping winter treads..." ~William Shakespeare

April 27, 2016

Finding God in All Things

April 27, 2016 (118/365)

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

As part of my Jesuit education at Marquette, I learned the importance of "finding God in all things," of cultivating an awareness, of learning to pay more attention in order to become more grateful and reverent. Sometimes God whispers and some days, like today, He sings!
April 26, 2016

Different Duck

April 26, 2016 (117/366)

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." ~ Coco Chanel
April 25, 2016


April 25, 2016 (116/365)

"It's fun to peek into other people's worlds and see how they go about doing things." ~ Norah Jones
April 24, 2016

Feather Bed

April 24, 2016 (115/365)

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." ~ C. S. Lewis
April 23, 2016


April 23, 2016 (114/366)

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end 
may also be only the beginning." ~ Ivy Baker Priest
April 22, 2016


April 22, 2016 (113/266)

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily 
do not rob the little violet of it’s scent 
nor the daisy of its simple charm. 
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, 
spring would lose its loveliness.”
~ St. Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower"
April 21, 2016


April 21, 2016 (112/366)

"Springtime flowers bloom like colorful arrows 
piercing their way to the sun." ~ Terri Guillemets
April 20, 2016

Good Fences...

April 20, 2016 (111/366)

"Good fences make good neighbors." ~ The Mending Wall, Robert Frost

[Piper will be a much better neighbor now!]
April 19, 2016


April 19, 2016 (110/366)

"The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails." ~ W.A. Ward

[Today was all about adjusting the sails.]
April 18, 2016

Blooming Blues

April 18, 2016 (109/366)

"Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?" ~ James Montgomery
April 17, 2016

Created that way...

April 17, 2016 (108/366)

"A tulip doesn't strive to impress anyone. It doesn't struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn't have to. It is different. And there's room in the garden for every flower. You didn't have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else's on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way." ~ Marianne Williamson
April 16, 2016


April 16, 2016 (107/366)

"The sun has come out... and the air is vivid with spring." ~ Byron Caldwell Smith
April 15, 2016

Just one...

April 15, 2016 (106/366)

"Just one step. Just one mile. Just one dollar. Just one kiss. Just one person. When we look at life through the lens of 'one,' everything becomes that much more attainable." ~  Mick Ebeling. Remember that squirrel who planted just one snowdrop? She planted just one tulip too. 
April 14, 2016


April 14, 2016 (105/366)

Happy Milwaukee Day!
April 13, 2016


April 13, 2016 (104/366)

“Be a victor, not a victim.” ~ Joel Osteen

These poor daffodils have been through 
A LOT, yet they're determined to bloom!
April 12, 2016

Pink & Green

April 12, 2016 (103/366)

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~ Shakespeare
April 11, 2016


April 11, 2016 (102/366)

"Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world." ~ Virgil A. Kraft
April 10, 2016


April 10, 2016 (101/366)

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. 
If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”
—Robert Wagner in The Longest Day

Today I missed my Sunday morning snuggles with Piper. 
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, 
but I can't possibly image loving her more!
April 09, 2016


April 9, 2016 (100/366)

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal.” ~ Albert Einstein 
April 08, 2016


April 8, 2016 (099/366)

T.S. Eliot's assertion that "April is the cruellest month"
 [The Waste Land] seems spot-on this year. 
April 07, 2016

Swan Song

April 7, 2016 (098/366)

"Let nature be your teacher." ~  William Wordsworth

For the past week, I have been challenged by a friend/colleague to post pictures of nature and to further challenge seven others to do the same. My seven days are over, but I continue to be inspired and challenged by nature everyday!

April 06, 2016


April 6, 2016 (097/366)
Despite the gloom, the trees will bloom!

"As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom." ~  Denis Waitley

April 05, 2016

Harbingers of Spring

April 5, 2016 (096/366)

"Oh, Spring is surely coming. Her couriers fill the air;
Each morn are new arrivals; Each night her ways prepare."
~ John Burroughs
April 04, 2016


April 4, 2016 (095/366)

"Despite a gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise." ~ Michael P. Garofalo

For ten years, I knew exactly where and when things would bloom in my garden. Now that we've moved, our first spring brings daily surprises -- like this singular snowdrop planted by a friendly squirrel or bird. It's fun to plan our landscaping, but sometimes nature has better ideas! 
April 03, 2016


April 3, 2016 (094/366)

"Remember cardinals appear when angels are near." ~ Victoria McGovern

After yesterday's sadness, 
a heavenly messenger reminded us this morning 
that loved ones are always with us.

April 02, 2016

April Surprises

April 2, 2016 (093/366)

"Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring." ~ Terri Guillemets

I think Mother Nature is a day late with her April Fool's joke. Yesterday, we discovered these tiny blue flowers in the yard (striped squill). Today, they were a bit harder to find!

April 01, 2016

Poisson d'avril | April Fool's Day

April 1, 2016 (092/366) 

"I have lived in this world just long enough 
to look carefully the second time into things 
that I am most certain of the first time." ~ Josh Billings