December 3, 2013 § 1 Comment

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”  – Leo Toystoy


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Large Original Oil Landscape, Forest, Fir Trees, Road,Shirin Mackeson

Large Original Oil Landscape, Forest, Fir Trees, Road,Shirin Mackeson

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“Forgive and forget is the divine ideal. Grappling with the hurt while biting your tongue and struggling to refuse justifiable vengeance―that’s closer to human reality.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Spirit Lake Morning....Idaho...wind soughing through the trees...plein air

Spirit Lake Morning….Idaho…wind soughing through the trees…plein air

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“Relief is a great feeling.

It’s the emotional and physical reward we receive from our bodies upon alleviation of pain, pressure and struggle. A time to bask in the lack of the negative.

And yet, think about it—relief is really the status quo, a negation of the suffering, anothing in itself. It is the way things were before the pressure and struggle began.

So, is it a step back? A regression?

Or is it an opportunity to regroup, start over, and move in a different direction?

Use your moment of relief well.”  – Vera Nazarian

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Large Original oil painting impressionist realism "The Majority of One", Forest 18 x 24

Large Original oil painting impressionist realism “The Majority of One”, Forest 18 x 24

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“In the midst of aches in the joints, anxiety over the payment of bills, concern for the safety of those you love, envy of the rich, fear of robbers, dog-weariness at the end of a long day, and the unacceptable slipping away of youth, there does occasionally appear, like a ray of light piercing the clouds, a moment of joy. Perhaps you have entered the house and sat down before removing your boots. A friend has pressed a drink into your hands, and is telling you the latest news. You see from his face that he’s glad you’ve come in; and you are glad too. Glad to be sitting down, glad of the warming glow of the dirnk, glad of your friend’s furrowed brow and eager speech. For this moment, nothing more is required. It is in its way unimprovable. This is what I mean by the Great Enough.”  – William Nicholson

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Quotes du jour:

December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment


“I am a part of all I have read.” – John Kiernan

“Nature never repeats herself and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1892)


Little fir tree

December 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

Shining Pine - Original Oil Painting BY vanderhoekart Original oil paintings of landscapes and still lifes

“By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors.” –  Kenzaburo Oe

Saturday December 17, 2011 quote

December 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Oscar Wilde Education Quote Magnet by chicalookate Silly to Beautiful Photography & Recycled Goodness

Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado during winter - 11x14 inch Photographic Print by Brendan Reals BY BrendanReals Brendan Reals Photography

Favorite fine artist du jour:

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original Painting Landscape 8"x10" Stretched Canvas Acrylic Stream by Sams Paintbrush BY SamsPaintbrush×10

Photo du Jour

November 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Camping Cascade Mountains tree silhouette Travel Washington State Photo Sunset Photography High Country Fine Art Photograph 10x10 by MurrayBolesta


Fall for EcoChic Starry Nights

October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Stars Above Half Dome in Yosemite National Park by chrisstreeter Streeter Photography


Constellations-Watercolor Giclee Print (8x28) BY OlliffStudio Deborah Olliff Studio


Fall for EcoChic Starry Nights  ETSY TREASURY:

Porcelain Bead Necklace in Navy Blue With Gold Flecks BY AUTENA ...Trinkets and Treasures




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