Wednesday Vignettes: Resilience



“Step into the center of the center of the center –

right into your Now – and see:

how elegant and honest this moment is.

Just being yourself, a world to hold your feet,

a universe to lift your gaze, a heart beating –

constant, in the center of it all.”


Laurie Perez


Mahonia, Oregon Grape Holly

Mahonia, Oregon Grape Holly



“I did not tell you that it would be okay,

because I have never believed it would be okay.

What I told you is what your grandparents

tried to tell me: that this is your country,

that this is your world, that this is your body,

and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”


Ta-Nehisi Coates


Arum itallicum

Arum itallicum


“In life you find pleasure.

In life you find pain.

Pain and pleasure is an example

of the duality in life. Enjoy them both,

they are part of the ride.

The key is to not turn the pain

into something else – regret.”


J.R. Rim




“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”


Shane Koyczan






Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

* * *


“For many years a tree might wage a slow and silent

warfare against an encumbering wall,

without making any visible progress.

One day the wall would topple-

-not because the tree had suddenly

laid hold upon some supernormal energy,

but because its patient work of self-defense

and self release had reached fulfillment.

The long-imprisoned tree had freed itself.

Nature had had her way.”


Lloyd C. Douglas




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7 responses to “Wednesday Vignettes: Resilience

  1. Wow – that Mahonia! Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful foliage – that Mahonia is gorgeous!

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