Water Lilies

“It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.” - Monet

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Il dolce far niete | The sweetness of doing nothing

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” - Regina Brett

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Each year, right before school starts, I spend a day doing nothing but reading, watching movies, napping, and other equally idle pursuits. My loafing partner is always ready to join in, but this year she’s a little under the weather. She should feel better once the antibiotics do their thing, but in the meantime, we’ll savor today’s snuggles.

Petite Posters: Jules Chéret and Le Courrier français

“Look at that! It’s from the Turn of the Century. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s my favorite era. I love it so much. Everything was so perfect. I’m telling you that the Golden Age was the Belle Époque — it’s the greatest, most beautiful era Paris has ever know.” - Adriana (Marion Cotillard), Midnight in Paris

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Week 33 - Inspiration: Tell a Lie

“Gravity is sinking you down; inspiration is pulling you up.” - Mandy Ingber

It is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong: “Sinking House” in Montmartre #dogwoodweek33 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #lying

It is said that the "Camera Never Lies". Prove it wrong: “Sinking House” in Montmartre #dogwoodweek33 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #lying

Week 32 - Composition: Frame within the Frame

“Frame your world with your words.” - Caroline Leaf

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#dogwoodweek32 #2019dogwood52 #dogwood52 #books

Hail Mary

Happy Feast Day to all of my Marian namesakes!

This beautiful  Grotto of the Blessed Virgin , behind  Saint Joan of Arc Chapel  on the Marquette University campus, was dedicated earlier this year to honor  Our Lady of Lourdes . The sacred space reminds us that our Blessed Mother always hears our prayers.

This beautiful Grotto of the Blessed Virgin, behind Saint Joan of Arc Chapel on the Marquette University campus, was dedicated earlier this year to honor Our Lady of Lourdes. The sacred space reminds us that our Blessed Mother always hears our prayers.

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Summer Saturday in Chicago

“It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” - Mark Twain "Life On The Mississippi," 1883

This time she was rosé on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building with views as far as the eyes could see, a long walk down The Magnificent Mile, along the Chicago River, and through the theatre district, an amazing performance of   Hamilton  , and drinks at the Palmer House.

This time she was rosé on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building with views as far as the eyes could see, a long walk down The Magnificent Mile, along the Chicago River, and through the theatre district, an amazing performance of Hamilton, and drinks at the Palmer House.

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Week 31 - Storytelling: Friends and Family

“In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.” - Khalil Gibran

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August • Colors of the Month

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. " - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

“Some like it hot” and the heat is on this August as I feature warm colors this month.

“Some like it hot” and the heat is on this August as I feature warm colors this month.

July 2019 in Pictures

“Give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.” - Ann Voskamp

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