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  • Kaleidoscope #840 - The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake. ― George R.R. Martin     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free […]
  • Kaleidoscope #839 - You know how writers are… they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves. ― Orson Scott Card     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.  
  • Kaleidoscope #838 - Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth. ― Madeleine L’Engle   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 #837 - The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. ― Gustave Flaubert   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 or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.   Save Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #836 - Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers mystics, painters, troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes. ― Jacob Nordby, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to live your best life now   Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from Pixabay.
  • Kaleidoscope #835 - And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing     Below is the original photo used to create this image. This is a royalty-free image from […]
  • Kaleidoscope #834 - …what I enjoy in a narrative is not directly its content or even its structure, but rather the abrasions I impose upon the fine surface: I read on, I skip, I look up, I dip in again. Which has nothing to do with the deep laceration the text of bliss inflicts upon language itself, and […]
  • Kaleidoscope #833 - If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ― Toni Morrison   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 trip to Shawsville, VA to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #832 - I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental […]
  • Kaleidoscope #831 - I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ― Jorge Luis Borges   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 or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.   Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #830 - Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. ― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand     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 #829 - The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451     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 […]
  • Kaleidoscope #828 - I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. ― J.K. Rowling   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 […]
  • Kaleidoscope #827 - I believe in the magic and authority of words. ― René Char   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 Save Save Save Save
  • Kaleidoscope #826 - Books may well be the only true magic. ― Alice Hoffman   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 special lighting or retouching, just a snap from my smart phone.
  • Kaleidoscope #825 - A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron   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 […]
  • Kaleidoscope #824 - Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it. ― JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   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 […]
  • Kaleidoscope #823 - Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of […]
  • Kaleidoscope #822 - Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood. ― Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood     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 #821 - No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over. ― Eugene Field   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 Save […]
  • Kaleidoscope #820 - It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ― Oscar Wilde   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 trip to Shawsville, VA to […]
  • Kaleidoscope #819 - Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The […]
  • Kaleidoscope #818 - What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly […]
  • Kaleidoscope #817 - I believe in the magic of books. I believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books–whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we want to read and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring us […]
  • 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 […]