There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Sunday, 19 May 2013

An Oxford May Morning Walk

"What potent blood hath modest May."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Holywell Cemetary, St. Cross Road, Oxford
"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

English Bluebells
"I'll wait for you under the bluebells.  I'll be there always."
~ Kim Harrison

Oxford, May 2013
"Now every field is clothed with grass,
and every tree with leaves;
now the woods put forth their blossoms,
and the year assumes it's gay attire."

"And spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of it's wintry rest."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Student at University College, Oxford, 1810

Queen Anne's Lace, Holywell Cemetary, Oxford, May 2013
"April showers bring forth May flowers. "  ~ English Proverb

"Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature."  ~ Gerard de Neval

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."  ~ Lady Bird Johnson

Eastman House, Jowett Walk, Oxford, May 2013

" Now that the lilacs are in bloom
She has a bowl of lilacs in her room."
~ T.S. Eliot -- Merton College, Oxford, 1914

St. Cross Road, Oxford, May 2013
"Wisteria is my favorite flowering vine.  Do you know why?'
I shook my head.  'No, ma'am'
'Because it's strong, just like me."
~ Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

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