The Eyes to See

Bee Browsing for Nectar 

Bee Browsing for Nectar 

The gloom of the world is but a shadow;
behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Take joy. 

Fra Giovanni


I should have brought my camera…
I saw a flash of yellow
dancing on a mound of pink
Perfect light
backlit the lovely wings
the butterfly
sipped the nectar
from a purple-pink thistle
and I 
sipped the nectar
of the moment
A meditation 
on light
and ephemeral ecstasy
No camera to capture
the moment
only my eyes
seeing through the lens
of timeless awareness

(poem written September 17, 2010) 

Spring Beauty

Rainwashed Crabapple 

Rainwashed Crabapple 

I have been out in Nashville spring, taking photos of the beauty budding and blossoming around me. This is a crabapple in bloom, caught right after a thunderstorm. Perfection.

Healing Beauty

Let beauty
be its own
healing magic.
Do not play small.
Do not stunt your own growth.
Be fruitful.
Fulfill your own destiny.
This is not a race
or a battle.
This is a garden
and each must grow, 
and produce fruit
in its own way
and its own time.
Let beauty
in you.

The human mind and heart are a mystery...
Psalm 64:7

Earth with her thousand voices praises God.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You have crowned the year with your bounty,
and your paths overflow with plenty.
Psalm 65:10

Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries knows nothing about grapes.

The art just wants to be made
It pushes through the vehicle
(the person) into manifest form.
Vicki Noble

Art is the increasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers—and never succeeding.
Marc Chagall

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

The amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes


  1. April 8, 2011 10:41 AM CDT

    Love your header! My writing coach told me yesterday that you'd been very busy (which I knew you had) and now I see!

    - Leisa Hammett

My Heart Has Wings

Ocean Embrace 

Ocean Embrace 

Two chemicals called actin and myosin evolved eons ago to allow the muscles in insect wings to contract and relax. Thus, insects learned to fly… The same two proteins are responsible for the beating of the human heart… In our hearts, we feel the impulse to fly, to break free of boundaries. Isn’t that the same impulse nature expressed when insects began to take flight?
Deepak Chopra
(The Book of Secrets page 24)

The Chinese word for happiness means: open heart

My Heart Has Wings

Contraction, expansion
Closing, opening
The muscles of the heart contract
Then they relax and expand
Actin and myosin
Unseen chemistry in action
Dance of life
Close, open
Contract, expand
Beat like wings in my breast
Like arms spreading
Opening to embrace life
As if in flight
The same chemistry
Is in the wings
Of a butterfly
What was once a caterpillar
Becomes a winged creature
Able to fly
When the butterfly launches
Into the blue sky
So do I
Because my heart has wings

(poem written February 2, 2009)