Sunday Dinner: On the Path

Ocracoke Lighthouse April 2007

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“There are no wrong turnings.
Only paths we had not known
we were meant to walk.”
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Guy Gavriel Kay
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Route 101 near Depot Bay, Oregon 2010.

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“It is not we who seek the Way,
but the Way which seeks us.
That is why you are faithful to it,
even while you stand waiting,
so long as you are prepared,
and act the moment you are confronted
by its demands.”
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Dag Hammarskjöld
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Powhatan Creek, Virginia January 2018

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“You never know what’s around the corner.
It could be everything. Or it could be nothing.
You keep putting one foot in front of the other,
and then one day you look back
and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
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Tom Hiddleston
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Yaquina Head Lighthouse Oregon 2010

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“If you do not change direction,
you may end up where you are heading”
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Gautama Buddha
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The Colonial Parkway, Virginia 2014

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“What you’re missing
is that the path itself changes you.”
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Julien Smith
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Near the York River, November 2014

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“…the universe…sets out little signposts for us
along the way, to confirm
that we’re on the right path.” 
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Michelle Maisto
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Cape Foulweather Lookout, Oregon October 2017

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Photos by Woodland Gnome

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Along the Chickahominy River August 2016

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“End?
No, the journey doesn’t end here.
Death is just another path.
One that we all must take.”
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J.R.R. Tolkien
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Sunday Dinner: In Peace

Christmas Eve morning in our garden

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“In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved,
how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things
not meant for you.”
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Gautama Buddha
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“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
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Gautama Buddha
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“The day the power of love
overrules the love of power,
the world will know peace.”
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Mahatma Gandhi
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“Truth is the same always.
Whoever ponders it
will get the same answer.
Buddha got it.
Patanjali got it.
Jesus got it.
Mohammed got it.
The answer is the same,
but the method of working it out
may vary this way or that.”
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Swami Satchidananda
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“You are the community now.
Be a lamp for yourselves.
Be your own refuge.
Seek for no other.
All things must pass.
Strive on diligently.
Don’t give up.”
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Gautama Buddha
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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017

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“As you walk and eat and travel,
be where you are.
Otherwise you will miss most of your life.”
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Gautama Buddha
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“For the good of the many,
for the happiness of the many,
out of compassion for the world.”
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Gautama Buddha
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Sunday Dinner: Summer Sunlight

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“There is a cosmic river
flowing from the Sun to the Earth and to everywhere:
The Sunlight, the holiest of the holy rivers!
Enemy of Darkness is the best friend of existence!
Touch the sunlight with a strong love
because light itself made that love possible!”
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Mehmet Murat ildan
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“Any patch of sunlight in a wood
will show you something about the sun
which you could never get
from reading books on astronomy.
These pure and spontaneous pleasures
are ‘patches of Godlight’
in the woods of our experience.”
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C.S. Lewis
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“The breath of life is in the sunlight
and the hand of life is in the wind.”
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Kahlil Gibran
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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017
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“Shine your light
and make a positive impact on the world;
there is nothing so honorable
as helping improve the lives of others.”
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Roy  Bennett
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“Being the light of the world
is about being a broken, exploding,
scarred star and shining a light
of hope and inspiration
to everyone around you.”
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Ricky Maye
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Sunday Dinner: Grow

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Patience is not the ability to wait.
Patience is to be calm no matter what happens,
constantly take action to turn it
to positive growth opportunities,
and have faith to believe
that it will all work out in the end
while you are waiting.”
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Roy T. Bennett
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Fennel

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“When life is sweet,
say thank you and celebrate.
And when life is bitter,
say thank you and grow.”
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Shauna Niequist
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“I have no right to call myself one who knows.
I was one who seeks, and I still am,
but I no longer seek in the stars or in books;
I’m beginning to hear the teachings
of my blood pulsing within me.
My story isn’t pleasant,
it’s not sweet and harmonious
like the invented stories;
it tastes of folly and bewilderment,
of madness and dream,
like the life of all people
who no longer want to lie to themselves.”
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Hermann Hesse
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“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression,
it must come completely undone.
The shell cracks, its insides come out
and everything changes.
To someone who doesn’t understand growth,
it would look like complete destruction.”
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Cynthia Occelli
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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017
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“There is no beauty in sadness.
No honor in suffering.
No growth in fear. No relief in hate.
It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.”
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Katerina Stoykova Klemer
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Sunday Dinner: April Fools

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

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“Children and fools always speak the truth.”

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Mark Twain

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Left: Narcissus ‘Mary Gay Lirette’, a Heath hybrid   Right: Narcissus ‘Mount Hood’

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“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever

than the men who laugh at them.”

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George R.R. Martin

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“There are two ways to be fooled.

One is to believe what isn’t true;

the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

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Søren Kierkegaard

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Narcissus ‘Cragford’

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“Fools put trust in promises;

The wise in action.”

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A. Spencer

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“The greatest lesson in life

is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

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Winston S. Churchill

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Narcissus ‘Telamonius plenus’

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017

In Celebration of

The Gloucester Daffodil Festival 2017 

“The Daffodil:  A Golden Dream Come True”

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Leucojum vernum, Spring Snowflake

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“The whole problem with the world

is that fools and fanatics

are always so certain of themselves,

and wiser people so full of doubts.”

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Bertrand Russell

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Narcissus ‘Acropolis’

 

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“The world is full of fools,

and he who would not see it

should live alone and smash his mirror.”

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Claude Le Petit

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Narcissus, ‘Katie Heath’ named for Brent Heath’s mother.

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Order these beautiful daffodils, and more,
from Brent and Becky Heath’s own bulb shop.

 

 

Sunday Dinner: Changes

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“And that is how change happens.

One gesture. One person.

One moment at a time.”

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Libba Bray

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“Believe something and the Universe

is on its way to being changed.

Because you’ve changed, by believing.

Once you’ve changed,

other things start to follow.

Isn’t that the way it works?”

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Diane Duane

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“One day spent with someone you love

can change everything.”

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Mitch Albom

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“The only way to make sense out of change

is to plunge into it, move with it,

and join the dance.”

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Alan W. Watts

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“Change will not come if we wait

for some other person, or if we wait

for some other time.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We are the change that we seek.”

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Barack Obama

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“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart,

and watch what happens”

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Tony DeLiso

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013-2017

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“Dare to dream!

If you did not have the capability

to make your wildest wishes come true,

your mind would not have the capacity

to conjure such ideas in the first place.

There is no limitation

on what you can potentially achieve,

except for the limitation you choose to impose

on your own imagination.

What you believe to be possible

will always come to pass –

to the extent that you deem it possible.

It really is as simple as that.”

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Anthon St. Maarten

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Sunday Dinner: Anticipation

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Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.

Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do,

there was a moment just before you began to eat it

which was better than when you were,

but he didn’t know what it was called.”

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A.A. Milne

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“And I will never again underestimate

the power of anticipation.

There is no better boost in the present

than an invitation into the future.”

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Caroline Kepnes

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“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing

while we are still alive.

There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good,

and we must hunger for them.”

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George Eliot

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For the Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Anticipation

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

Sunday Dinner: In Color

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People observe the colors of a day

only at its beginnings and its ends,

but to me it’s quite clear that a day

merges through a multitude of shades and intonations,

with each passing moment.

A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors.

Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues.

Murky darkness.

In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them. ”

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Markus Zusak

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“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?

Can one really explain this? No.

Just as one can never learn how to paint.”

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Pablo Picasso

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“White is not a mere absence of color;

it is a shining and affirmative thing,

as fierce as red, as definite as black.

God paints in many colors;

but He never paints so gorgeously,

I had almost said so gaudily,

as when He paints in white. ”

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G.K. Chesterton

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“The world is exploding in emerald, sage,

and lusty chartreuse – neon green

with so much yellow in it.

It is an explosive green that,

if one could watch it moment by moment

throughout the day,

would grow in every dimension.”

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Amy Seidl

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“Love was a feeling completely bound up with color,

like thousands of rainbows

superimposed one on top of the other.”

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Paulo Coelho

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

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Above:  Caladium ‘Cherry Tart’
Below:  Caladium ‘Sweet Carolina’
Friends and I are trialing both of these new introductions
for Classic Caladiums of Avon Park, Florida

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“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”

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Karl Lagerfeld

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Sunday Dinner: Stories

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“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,

it’s a way of looking at life

through the wrong end of a telescope.”

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Dr. Seuss

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“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world

the way you do, so no one else can tell

the stories that you have to tell.”


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Charles de Lint

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

 

Vine Covered  Trees

Woody Vines

Evergreen Ivy

Autumn Clematis

 

 

 

 

Sunday Dinner: Courage

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“Life shrinks or expands

in proportion to one’s courage.”

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Anaïs Nin

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“The simple step of a courageous individual

is not to take part in the lie.

One word of truth outweighs the world.”

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers.

It happens when you are ready

to face the questions you have been avoiding

your whole life.”

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Shannon L. Alder

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“I have not always chosen the safest path.

I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them.

I sometimes jump too soon

and fail to appreciate the consequences.

But I’ve learned something important along the way:

I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart.

I’ve learned that the safest path

is not always the best path

and I’ve learned that the voice of fear

is not always to be trusted.”

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Steve Goodier

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“Courage isn’t absence of fear,

it is the awareness

that something else is important”

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Stephen R. Covey

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

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“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”


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Amelia Earhart

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