Some words that have guided me.


Nature requires us not only to be able to work well, but also to idle well.


Albert Camus


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.


It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.


In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.


I will die, and this place will continue to dole out plenitude and beauty. Nothing bitter about this idea, but on the contrary, a feeling of gratitude and veneration.



Leonard Cohen


There is a crack in everything
that’s how the light gets in.


If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.


Emily Dickinson


That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet.


Theodor Seuss Geisel


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.


Carl Sagan


We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.


William Shakespeare


Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird’s life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends.


Henry David Thoreau


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.


Nature will bear the closest inspection.  She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.


I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.