Wednesday, August 3, 2016

“In my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with the book I am in the past.” ~ Alexander Smith, “Books and Gardens,” Dreamthorp: A Book of Essays Written in the Country, 1863

Sounds like a near-perfect day to me.

Yesterday, as I worked at the community garden, I chatted with the woman who has the plot next to me. We talked about soap-making, calendula flowers, photography, and other simple things; just a few words as we worked companionably in our respective gardens. When she was ready to leave she handed me a beautiful bunch of cosmos she had just picked. Her gesture made my day.

Today’s featured blog: http://down—to—

(Don’t forget every comment in August enters your name into the drawing for either a copy of the beautiful Bella Grace magazine or my book Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude.)


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I love, love this quote. Off to visit the featured blog of the day,

  2. How great is that little bouquet? I’m sure you would do the same for her. Paying it forward, even the smallest of things, does wonders for the heart. Hope the rest of the day is great for you Linda.
    Heading over to the feature now.

  3. I love the angle of this photo. I wouldn’t have thought to take a picture from the back.

  4. It really is amazing how a simple little act like giving someone a small bouquet of flowers can make a difference in their day. What a lovely thing for that lady to do.

    Your photos are beautiful. You are an artist with your camera (and your words). I am really enjoying my visits to your blog…so glad I found it.

    Patti @ Embracing Home

    1. Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, I’ve been thinking again and again about how that simple gesture of a gift of a few cut flowers made a difference in my day. It’s been a good reminder how small and simple things can make a ripple of difference in the lives of those we come into contact with every day. I need to do more of that.

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