Queen Anne’s Lace Adorns a Ragged Grass Clump at a Wal-Mart Parking Lot

Inspiration often arrives in non-conventional ways. Stepping from my car, donning mask and gloves to shop in the new normal, I found the sight of this Queen Anne’s Lace plant oddly cheering.

It’s a survivor, amid a clump of straggly grass, its bloom one of the most perfect I’ve seen from this type of wildflower. A species I love, no matter how common.

Robins On the Lawn Trigger Memories of Secure Times

Watching robins hop across the lawn seems mundane to some, but for me it conjures the peace I experienced when I was a child, with nothing more pressing to do than study the details of nature playing out in the front yard.

Wherever I am, when I see the robins, a timeless species which doesn’t unnecessarily change its habits, in my mind I observe them from the window of a home that hasn’t been mine for some time.

My parents are there, my pets from that era. Cares were few back then, except for the responsibilities I invented so I would have something to attend to over summer vacation.

Some days life seems exceedingly difficult. But moments with the robins refresh my spirit. I take a deep breath of the summer scented air, and go on living, with a bit more optimism

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Do not get caught up with mere words. The importance  . . . is in reading other’s feelings.

From The Art of Simple Living – By Shunmyo Masuno

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Knowledge and wisdom are similar but they are not the same. Things you learn either in school or on your own – this is knowledge.

Wisdom, on the other hand, is what you know from actually putting these things to use.

From The Art of Simple Living – By Shunmyo Masuno

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

And remember: Success is not achieved by tweeting questions, but by googling answers.

-Bizarro comic strip by Wayno and Piraro

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

“You should see my corgis at sunset in the snow. It’s their finest hour. About five o’clock they glow like copper. Then they come in and lie in front of the fire like a string of sausages.” 
― Tasha Tudor, The Private World of Tasha Tudor