Our Lady of Dying Hemlocks


I Still Like Valentine's Day


Did I tell you I am getting bees this year?

If you like this illustration and haven't figured out what you are going to give your sweetheart for Valentine's day, you might like my "Valentine Card Service" where I personalize and mail this card, in a tricked-out glittery wonderful way, to your valentine. And if you're into economy and vintage I've got a free download of the good stuff here.

the world goes on


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body 
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver

Today in Chick-o-ville


Words to Live By


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." John Muir


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