Art

  • Kaleidoscope #816 - He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head. ― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely white bloom outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting […]
  • Kaleidoscope #815 - A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way. ― Caroline Gordon     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image […]
  • Kaleidoscope #814 - If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good. ― Beatrix Potter     Below is the original photo used to create this image. I visited a local-ish winery, Saude Creek, located in Lanexa, VA. Their late-summer landscaping was in full […]
  • Kaleidoscope #813 - I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. ― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this vibrant bush outside of a restaurant in Bon Air, VA.  No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone. Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #812 - Almost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space… ― Mario Vargas Llosa     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work […]
  • Kaleidoscope #811 - There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t. ― Gail Carson Levine, Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly   Below is the original photo used […]
  • Kaleidoscope #810 - Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit. ― Neil Gaiman, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #809 - A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #808 - Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree? ― Christopher Paolini     Below is the original photo used to create this image. It turns out my front yard is the perfect breeding ground for mushrooms… No special lighting or retouching, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #807 - There are only two worlds – your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. these worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #806 - There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic. ― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale     […]
  • Kaleidoscope #805 - Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life   Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across these bizarre flowers while taking a walk around my hotel on a July […]
  • Kaleidoscope #804 - “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This dramatic sky was captured on my way home from work in downtown Richmond, VA. No […]
  • Kaleidoscope #803 - Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic. ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone          Happy Halloween everyone! Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #802 - Magic Sandra’s seen a leprechaun, Eddie touched a troll, Laurie danced with witches once, Charlie found some goblins gold. Donald heard a mermaid sing, Susy spied an elf, But all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself.” ― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo […]
  • Kaleidoscope #801 - Science is magic that works. ― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across this big guy hanging out on some walkway trim while taking a walk around my hotel on a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #800 - She’s mad, but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire. ― Charles Bukowski        Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #799 - But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil. ― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades          Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create […]
  • Kaleidoscope #798 - Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep. ― Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #797 - Believe in Your Heart. Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart          Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #796 - Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant. ― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across this big guy hanging out on some walkway trim while taking a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #795 - We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. ― J.K. Rowling      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #794 - I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers. ― Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret          Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This […]
  • Kaleidoscope #793 - There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore. ― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls       Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo […]
  • Kaleidoscope #792 - Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic. ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone         Getting into the Halloween spirit […]
  • Kaleidoscope #791 - A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty. ― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. It was sent to me by a good friend who […]
  • Kaleidoscope #790 - Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! ― John Anster, The First Part of Goethe’s Faust     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free […]
  • Kaleidoscope #789 - It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across this big guy hanging out on some walkway trim while […]
  • Kaleidoscope #788 - There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can. ― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic       Getting into the […]
  • Kaleidoscope #787 - Children see magic because they look for it. ― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal         Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #786 - The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ― W.B. Yeats         Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #785 - It’s so dark right now, I can’t see any light around me. That’s because the light is coming from you. You can’t see it but everyone else can. ― Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #784 - I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I […]
  • Kaleidoscope #783 - Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough. ― Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #782 - And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. ― Roald Dahl       Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the […]
  • Kaleidoscope #781 - Where there is a woman there is magic. ― Ntozake Shange       Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #780 - I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still. ― V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic      Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. It was sent to me by a good friend who happens to spend […]
  • Kaleidoscope #779 - Sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic, to find out what’s real in life, and in one’s own heart. ― Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost          Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free […]
  • Kaleidoscope #778 - Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live. ― Nora Roberts      Getting into the […]
  • Kaleidoscope #777 - I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last […]
  • Kaleidoscope #776 - Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you’ve changed, by believing. Once you’ve changed, other things start to follow. Isn’t that the way it works? ― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard           Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing […]
  • Kaleidoscope #775 - “I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.” “Seen what?” Her smile widened. “Everything.” ― V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. It was sent to me by a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #774 - The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. ― J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan     Getting into the Halloween spirit with some creepy and sometimes disturbing kaleidoscopes… Below is the original photo used to create this image. I stumbled across this big guy hanging out on […]
  • Kaleidoscope #773 - I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone. ― Charles de Lint         Getting into the Halloween […]
  • Kaleidoscope #772 - She says the secret to her positivity lies in the simplest of things: gratitude for each and every simple pleasure of life. ― Sudha Murty, Something Happened on the Way to Heaven: 20 Inspiring Real-Life Stories     Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA […]
  • Kaleidoscope #771 - I put socks on first; a simple pleasure that requires more effort than shooting a man. ― Tahereh Mafi, Destroy Me       Below is the original photo used to create this image. Taken on.a summer afternoon, while on an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful variety of […]
  • Kaleidoscope #770 - Inner peace is accomplished by understanding and accepting the inevitable contradictions of life—the pain and pleasure, success and failure, joy and sorrow, births and deaths. Problems can teach us to be gracious, humble, and patient. ― Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little […]
  • Kaleidoscope #769 - I adore simple pleasures, they are the last refuge of the complex. – A Woman of No Importance       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely and vibrant flower arrangement while sitting in a high-rise lobby in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just […]
  • Kaleidoscope #768 - After all, the three of us were young. It wasn’t just about the pleasure of the flesh. No, it wasn’t that simple. The flesh is easy to satisfy. It’s the heart that is insatiable, the heart that needs to love, to despair, to burn with any kind of fire…That was what we wanted. To burn, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #767 - I want to learn his body, find every pleasure it’s hiding. All this reverence and simple awe I feel when I touch him, feel his breath brush my skin. ― Aleksandr Voinov, Skybound         Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking a walk around Floyd, VA on […]
  • Kaleidoscope #766 - Then there are the simple things. The way she fits against my side when we’re sitting together. How she can silence my addled thoughts with one look. The sound of my name from her lips. The way she can make a moment, any moment, a thousands times better when she is there. How the simplest […]
  • Kaleidoscope #765 - Now, I was a fan of the simple pleasures in life: grilled cheese sandwiches without black flecks on the crust, jeans that didn’t pinch the better parts of me, an inch of vodka, ten to twelve hours of sleep. – Cole St Clair, Forever. ― Maggie Stiefvater, Forever       Below is the original […]
  • Kaleidoscope #764 - He didn’t know how to laugh, or smile, or have any fun. He didn’t know the pleasures of the simple things – laughing, dancing, finding beauty in the world. It seemed like a very boring existence. ― Julie Kagawa, Shadow of the Fox       Below is the original photo used to create this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #763 - I never in my life argued with a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream. ― Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer       Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful variety of flowers seemed to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #762 - I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string. ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea         Below is the original photo used to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #761 - Simple pleasures are best. ― Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie     Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful variety of flowers seemed to be outside every shop. I couldn’t resist these lavender petunias. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #760 - Happiness isn’t complicated. It is a humble state of gratitude for simple pleasures, tender mercies, recognized blessings, and inherent beauty. ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway       Below is the original photo used to create this image. Taken on.a summer afternoon, while on an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets […]
  • Kaleidoscope #759 - These are the little things that people should really appreciate, simple pleasures. ― Julianna Baggott, Pure       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely and vibrant flower arrangement while sitting in a high-rise lobby in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap […]
  • Kaleidoscope #758 - A nice warm shower, a cup of tea, and a caring ear may be all you need to warm your heart. ― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life       Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in […]
  • Kaleidoscope #757 - Youth is like having a big plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in the pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don’t. They just want the fun of eating it all over again. The matron doesn’t want to repeat her girlhood, she wants to repeat her honeymoon. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #756 - Rejoice in every aspect of life—big or small. Let nothing pass you by. Appreciate everything—whether it is perceived as good or bad. You have the power to turn any experience into a pleasurable one. Challenge your preconceptions and luxuriate in the simple things of life. ― Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I […]
  • Kaleidoscope #755 - There is pleasure from learning the simple truth, and there is a pleasure from learning that the truth is not simple. ― Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction         Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking a walk around Floyd, VA on a rainy afternoon, my parents and […]
  • Kaleidoscope #754 - One must be prepared to fight for one’s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements. ― Amor Towles, Rules of Civility       Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #753 - “Negative thoughts back you into a corner,” her mother said to her, smiling, one afternoon after returning from a picnic with the baby in Flushing Meadow Park. “They multiply and surround you. Don’t think of what you don’t have. Try to focus on the simple pleasures.” ― Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves       Below […]
  • Kaleidoscope #752 - The key to finding happiness in this life is realizing that the only way to overcome is to transcend; to find happiness in the simple pleasures, to master the art of just being. ― Brianna Wiest       Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA […]
  • Kaleidoscope #751 - Simple things bring infinite pleasure. Yet, it takes us a while to realize that. But once simple is in, complex it out – forever. ― Joan Marques         Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful […]
  • Kaleidoscope #750 - The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must […]
  • Kaleidoscope #749 - I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ― Emma Goldman       Below is the original photo used to create this image. Taken on.a summer afternoon, while on an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful variety of flowers seemed to be outside every […]
  • Kaleidoscope #748 - My loathings are simple. stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting. ―Vladmir Nabakov, Strong Opinions       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely and vibrant flower arrangement while sitting in a high-rise lobby in downtown […]
  • Kaleidoscope #747 - Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of […]
  • Kaleidoscope #746 - Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world … ―A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly         Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking an afternoon walk around Floyd, VA in the rain. Hanging baskets with a beautiful variety of flowers seemed […]
  • Kaleidoscope #745 - Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it. ― Margaret Drabble         Below is the original photo used to create this image. While taking a walk around Floyd, VA on a rainy afternoon, my parents and I came across a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #744 - The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. ― Laura Ingalls Wilder       Below is the original photo used to create this image. Taken on.a summer […]
  • Kaleidoscope #743 - I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. ― Oscar Wilde       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found this lovely and vibrant flower arrangement while sitting in a high-rise lobby in downtown Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from […]
  • Kaleidoscope #742 - Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. ― Mary Anne Radmacher     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This photo represents […]
  • Kaleidoscope #741 - With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have. ― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper     Below is the original photo used to create this image. A soft blue sky, taken before leaving for work one morning No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart […]
  • Kaleidoscope #740 - The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. ― Emerson       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found these lush azaleas on a lunchtime walk around the capital grounds in Richmond, VA. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #739 - It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish. ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience […]
  • Kaleidoscope #738 - You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun. ― Shaun Hick       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I was in heaven when I took a lunchtime walk around the capital grounds in Richmond, VA and found this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #737 - I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Timequake     Below is the original photo used to create this […]
  • Kaleidoscope #736 - When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count! ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free       Below is the original photo used to create this image. It was sent to me by a […]
  • Kaleidoscope #735 - Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. ― Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light     Below is the original photo used to create this image. A soft blue sky, taken before leaving for work one morning No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #734 - Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go. ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass       Below is the original […]
  • Kaleidoscope #733 - Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ― Voltaire          Below is the original photo used to create this image. Caught these glorious crepe myrtles backlit by bright morning sunshine heading out to work. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from […]
  • Kaleidoscope #732 - Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone’s entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives. ― Roy T. Bennett     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This […]
  • Kaleidoscope #731 - Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got. ― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found these lush azaleas on a lunchtime walk around the capital grounds in Richmond, VA. […]
  • Kaleidoscope #730 - There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. ― Mahatma Gandhi     Below is the original photo used to create this image. A soft blue sky, taken before leaving for work one morning No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #729 - Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. ― Audrey Hepburn       Below is the original photo used to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #728 - The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment. ― Lauren Kate, Fallen        Below is the original photo used to create this image. Caught these glorious crepe myrtles backlit by bright morning sunshine heading out to work. No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my […]
  • Kaleidoscope #727 - Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! ― Mae West       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I was in heaven when I took a lunchtime walk around the capital grounds in Richmond, VA and found this vibrant flower bed. It was hard to focus in on […]
  • Kaleidoscope #726 - There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask for no reward except to see. ― Vera Brittain       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found these lush azaleas on a lunchtime walk around the […]
  • Kaleidoscope #725 - At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This photo represents only part of my Mom’s hillside fairy garden, getting lush and green in early summer. No […]
  • Kaleidoscope #724 - To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. ― Mark Twain     Below is the original photo used to create this image. A soft blue sky, taken before leaving for work one morning No special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #723 - One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty […]
  • Kaleidoscope #722 - Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today. ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free       Below is the original photo used to create this image. I found these lush azaleas […]
  • Kaleidoscope #721 - There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, […]
  • Kaleidoscope #720 - I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again. ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass     […]
  • Kaleidoscope #719 - You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #718 - Your heart just breaks, that’s all. But you can’t judge or point fingers. You just have to be lucky enough to find someone who appreciates you. ― Audrey Hepburn       Below is the original photo used to create this image. It was sent to me by a good friend who happens to spend […]
  • Kaleidoscope #717 - Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved. ― Roy T. Bennett, The […]