Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Extraordinary Things Begin to Happen

When you let your guard down.

Being an artist is possible at any given moment. 
We tend to forget we're capable of anything. 

Michael Birawer - artist

This piece - Calm Before the Purple

Just before the Minnesota Vikings played The Wisconsin Green Bay Packers 

We do not believe in ourselves

until someone reveals that deep inside us

something is valuable.

E.E. Cummings

Ready-set-go- Grab paint, brush, open white space, you decide.

 "If someone listens, or stretches out a hand or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen."

Loretta Firzaris

Artists and merrymakers are enthusiastic about little things

happiness being the result of personal effort and

splashing that joy about one stroke at a time.

Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive. 
Jean Paul

A good friend is a connection to life. 
A tie to the past,
a road to the future
the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
Lois Wyse

This time of year I capture all those marvelous gifts of nature that soon for me will be covered in snow and ice.

Sometimes the little things in life are more than enough.

Lorretta Firzaris

You haunt the forgotten parts of us that linger in my soul.

Angie Weiland-Crosby

When darkness branches to your soul, light still finds a way to rise.

A. Weiland-Crosby

On the shore of nature's magic, I dreamed summer knew no end.

That being said-

Don't become so involved with life's duties that you neglect the pleasures of adventures and goodness of ordinary things all around you.


Thanks for your visits they mean the world to me.

Take good safe care of you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

There is Nothing Like Looking

 Happy Tuesday September 22, 2020 is

"Keep your spirits up, hope for the best, and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come out one day and see the Long Marshes lying below you."
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Far over the misty mountains cold....  In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look. But, it is not always quite the something you were after." - J. R. R. Tolkien

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

J.R.R. Tolkien

"He who tries to shake a tree stump, shakes only himself."

African Proverb

"Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning, or that it is a morning to be good on?"
J.R.R. Tolkien, From the Hobbit, Or There and Back Again.


"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."

J.R.R. Tolkien

"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks."

J.R.R. Tolkien

Play follow the leader.

If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If you see someone being ignored, find a way to include them. Always remind people of their worth.  One small act could mean the world to them.

"It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keeps the darkness at bay,  Small acts of kindness and love." 
J.R.R. Tolkien

"Where there's life there's hope."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Even for us during this COVID-19 time. Keeping our spirits up is key.

"Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend, are soon told about." (taken from The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again.
Little did he or any of us ever imagine this virus business of 2020.

Are you as curious as I am as to what J.RR. Tolkien would have to say about all of this?

We must be grateful for all that we have and do these days.

Welcome to the Grocer's Table in Wayzata, Minnesota.

The tables outside were filled and inside there were two other tables of folks dinging besides mine.

So far I haven't ordered anything that wasn't delicious, especially their soups. They are over the top in my opinion.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
J.R.R. Tolkien

I took the photo below in Excelsior, Minnesota basically just across the lake from Wayzata, and where you can still catch a boat excursion. Masked upon boarding of course.

I'm thankful for every chance of normalcy as we once knew it


Spend as much time as you can with loved ones and friends, it's crucial.
Thank you all for finding time to stop by 
Your comments mean the world to me!
Take good care of you.



Saturday, September 12, 2020

Beyond Our Shadowy Scope Among Critters


Life is and will forever be a curious subject of observation combined with living, and yet, more importantly, our memories, which is, the sum of us. 


Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.

Amit Ray

It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates.

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Jesse James Gang rode into town but there to meet them was,

The Sheriff  James Glispin of Northfield.

Another yearly event to remain dark this 2020.

Hawthorne ends the story this way; He failed to look beyond the shadowy scope of time, and, for living once in all of eternity, to find the perfect future in the present. Live, love, your present.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The magnificence of my skeleton is hidden by the weight of my flesh.

Vera Caspary

We need the skeletons of other stories to understand our own, sometimes.

Lauren Groff

Because it's true: more than the highlights, the bright events, it was in the small and the daily where she'd found life.

Lauren Groff

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Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

There is something truer and more real, than what we can see with the eyes, and touch with the finger.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

(Just wander beyond, way beyond your shadowy scope.)

Thank you for your visit, and may the joy of happiness follow you everywhere you go.