Ode to Zinnias (and a precious cat)

The zinnia is an old fashioned flower that is a symbol of summer to me. No garden is complete without these vivid, heat-tolerant blooms that are plentiful and easy to grow. Growing them is a source of deep satisfaction and I cut them, along with cosmos and marigolds, for small flower arrangements all season long. It is not unusual for me to have five or six vases-full at a time.

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Paintings of Kurt Pio

A painted image of the brilliant facets of a diamond is almost just as lovely as the real thing. These large-scale representations of diamonds by artist Kurt Pio please me to no end. He has truely captured the scintillation(the flash of light and darkness) of a fashioned diamond. Fascinated by the splendor of a cut diamond, I tried this a few years back but lacked the patience and skill to pull it off! Darn…I will just need to get my hands on one of these…

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Check out artist Kurt Pio’s website for more.

Quote from “KAFKA ON THE SHORE” by Haruki Murakami

Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” 
-Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
-Drawing by Artist Micah Lidberg.