Posts with tag: something beautiful

Always be Reading

Boy reading in bombed bookstore. London, 1940.
Boy reading in bombed bookstore. London, 1940.

What would stop you from reading?

Christmas quilt by Beth Jewett, 2017
Christmas quilt by Beth Jewett, 2017

My sister Beth is a talented quilt maker.

This is one she gave to me for Christmas 4 years ago. I’m putting it away before it gets too much wear and tear from the cat, but I’ll miss having something so beautiful to look at. Until next year…

Butterflies. Kyra Mills, 2020, watercolor.

This site would be a whole lot bleaker/blander without the colorful paintings my friend Kyra Mills occasionally shares with me.

Here in the Midwest, our memory of Summery things can fade quickly, so dose yourself up with some butterflies!

You can see more of Kyra’s paintings if you scroll through the posts on this page.

You seen any chickens?

On the way home from rowing practice this morning I came across a pair of foxes. They wouldn’t stand together for a photo, but they seemed to be having a good time.


A Yorkshire Lane in November, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1873

I See You.

Tiger. Kyra Mills, 2020, watercolor.


Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.
Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.

Wildlife conservationist Kyra Mills does wonderful paintings of her favorite subjects.

Otter in watercolor by Kyra Mills
Turning the otter cheek.

A talented friend sent this image on my birthday. I think it’s otterly beautiful.

When you turn sixty, the dad-jokes shift to otter nonsense.

Freshly painted vegetables always taste better than store-bought.

Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020
Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020


Astral map composed of fratcals
Astral Fractal

I was curious about the provenance of this photo I found unlabeled on another blog. I did a Google search where you upload a photo to try and identify it.

The image above shows up in a web search listed … the rest “Intricacy”

Annie Ross has Passed

Annie soars over all these tracks.

When Joe Williams joins in on Everyday I Have the Blues, chills.
Annie Ross’s vibrato mimicking the lead trumpet shakes defined the sound.
Swinging so hard.

Be Joyful

Marilyn Jewett running.
Marilyn Jane, May 2007

little pale puple flowers

AM walk. I should know what kind of flowers these are but I don’t.

Happy 4th of July

Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020
Bald Eagle, Kyra Mills, 2020

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.”

—Stephen King

Thanks to Kyra Mills for sharing her beautiful artwork.


Solitary cottonwood tree
Morning walk, 2020-06-29.

Your colors may not blaze red in the Fall. Your shape may not represent a Platonic ideal. People may not take day trips to observe your beauty. And yet, you are still here, with as much capacity to enjoy the … the rest “Straggler”