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April in Pictures

April 30, 2016
"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

When boats fly!

April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016 (120/366)

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

...and she still floats!

Lady Slippers

April 28, 2016
April 28, 2016 (119/366)

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

Finding God in All Things

April 27, 2016

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!

Different Duck

April 26, 2016
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

Feather Bed

April 24, 2016
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

Good Fences...

April 20, 2016
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.]

Blooming Blues

April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016 (109/366)

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

Created that way...

April 17, 2016
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

Just one...

April 15, 2016
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!

Pink & Green

April 12, 2016
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. 

Swan Song

April 07, 2016
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

Harbingers of Spring

April 05, 2016
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 Surprises

April 02, 2016
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!

Poisson d'avril | April Fool's Day

April 01, 2016
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
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