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The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~ William Morris, writer and poet



The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. ~ Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies


What if a cactus felt really bad?
Hurt and depressed and truly quite sad?
Feeling unwelcome or feeling unliked,
Not feeling like dealing with being all spiked…”

~ Could You Hug a Cactus, by Phillip Van Wagoner, 2016



Gentle sleep! Scatter thy drowsiest poppies from above; And in new dreams not soon to vanish, bless My senses with the sight of her I love. ~ Horace (Horatio) Smith


A neighbor recently invited me down to shoot some pictures of the blossoms on a barrel cactus he’s had since it was a seedling.  These were the first blossoms on this particular cactus.  It’s 35 years old.  Desert gardens take patience!


Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. ~ George MacDonald


I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. ~ Alan Hovhaness

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. ~ C.S. Lewis

However mean your life is, meet it and live it. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind. ~ Jonathan Edwards