Wednesday Vignette: Connected


“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself,

but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean,

so must I never live my life for itself,

but always in the experience which is going on around me.”


Albert Schweitzer



“There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth,

from the tiniest organisms,

to the largest ecosystems,

and absolutely between each person.”


Bryant McGill



“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others,

acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ”


Rachel Naomi Remen



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017



“…the Ultimate Truth: nothing exists in the universe

that is separate from anything else.

Everything is intrinsically connected,

irrevocably interdependent,

interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all of life.”


Neale Donald Walsch




Sunday Dinner: Celebrate

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“The Universe contains three things

that cannot be destroyed;

Being, Awareness and LOVE”


Deepak Chopra


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“You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high.

You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life.

You are here to help others to make their life happy.

We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel.

We are not here to make divisions

in the name of prophets and religions.

We are here to encompass the world with love and light.”


Amit Ray


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“To get the full value of joy

you must have someone to divide it with.”


Mark Twain


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May you be filled with love, life and happiness on this beautiful Valentine’s Day. 

The universal language, which unites us all into one being,

is our awareness of love

as the single creative force of the multiverse.


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday


photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

WPC: Express Yourself

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The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge theme this week is “Express Yourself.” 

My companion, Ollie, expresses himself quite plainly.


Ollie enjoys his catmint garden last June.

Ollie enjoys his cat mint garden last June.


He is happiest, this winter, when he entices me to spread a blanket on the couch, so he can jump up and sleep beside me, as I read.


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And he has devised a dozen ways to grab my attention and convince me to sit with him awhile, where it is warm, and he can ignore the world beyond the windows.

A companion’s face, whether feline, canine, avian, or human, is the epitome of expression.


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015


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Weekly Photo Challenge:  Express Yourself

Happy Cat


Our happy cat with his Catmint

Our happy cat with his Catnip

There is a very happy cat living in our garden this summer.

He has his very own Catnip, Nepeta cataria,   growing within easy reach.

When a cat approaches Catmint, it first sniffs, and then begins to lick and bite the leaves to release more and more of the essential oils.

When a cat approaches Catnip it first sniffs, and then begins to lick and bite the leaves to release more and more of the essential oils.

We’ve noticed him spending more time outside lately.  And I had noticed the Catnip plants nibbled almost back to the ground a couple of times….

But this is the first time we’ve had the pleasure of watching him enjoy his Catnip.

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A member of the mint family, Catnip is a rampant grower.

“Pinching back,” or grazing,  just encourages more branching on each stem  The plant will grow thicker and larger.

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The essential oil which effects cats is called nepetalactone.  Although Catnip has a sedative effect in people, it is a mild hallucinogen for cats.

The effect is short lived, but potent for our feline friends.

Catnip dries easily, like any other summer herb.  Cut and dried, it can be saved for play on winter evenings.

Do you know this look?

Do you know this look?  I sometimes wish cats could smile-

Just a tiny amount will give your cat a happy playtime.

I keep a ziplock bag of it for tossing  toys in when he wants to play.

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He especially enjoys it on evenings too cold or wet for him to go outside and run.

You probably know already that Catnip is perfectly safe for cats. 

There are no harmful effects.  Cats are smart enough to know when to stop playing in it, and its effects wear off within a few minutes.

There are some medicinal uses for Catnip in humans, but it should always be avoided by women who may be pregnant.

Interestingly, Catnip is said to has proven more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET in trials.  It is perfectly safe to pick a few sprigs to rub over the skin when working outside.

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Almost hidden…

Catnip is among the herbs brought to North America by English settlers in the 17th Century.  It is actually native to Europe and Asia.

Its leaves and stems  have proven effective in repelling other insects which may try to invade the kitchen….  You can sprinkle dried Catnip , or lay freshly harvested stems and leaves in areas where ants or other insects may try to enter your home.

Easy to grow, perennial Nepeta cataria likes full sun and moist soil.

When it blooms in another week or so this mass of Catnip will be covered in happy insects enjoying its nectar.

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Whether you have a feline friend to please, or not; this is a beautiful plant in the garden.

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


After enjoying the Catmint, Ollie loves to roll around and hope to be petted.

After enjoying his  Catnip our cat  loves to roll around.


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