10 Inspiring Things. Well, Actually 12.


I started walking to calm my mind.

I have started a new habit to quit an old one. Walking instead of chewing nicorette gum. That sh*t is expensive and I chainchew it. So for each day without chewing it or worse — smoking a cigarette — I am going to go for a walk and find 10 things that I think are inspiring or beautiful. I need to shed a few pounds too so the exercise will be good for me. These photos were taken with my cell camera.

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Magnolias are beautiful flowers, big and thick. Their leaves waxy. The tree tall. Southern. Totally Southern.

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Clock towers at local college.  Time is precious.  Use it wisely. But it sure does go by slowly sometimes.

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American flags.  I am patriotic. I couldn’t help but be growing up with a Korean War Marine veteran. My father loved his country and taught me to love it and honor it. I appreciate people who put up their American flag by sticking it in a tree. I am also a nature patriot.

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Southern porches with black painted shutters and rocking chairs. Ferns are a plus. Yes, porches with ferns are inspiring.

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Churches with cherry red doors and stones to contrast the color. I think this church is so pretty I may go to church here tomorrow. I love the heart stain glass above the door.

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Stones with messages in gardens. I noticed this stone years ago as it says a message about a loved one in Heaven being missed. Yes, I can relate. I love garden stones.

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Gardenias. I love gardenias because they are so finicky. Try picking one off the bush and its pure white dress goes straight to rebellion. It turns a yellowish ash as if saying, “You can never have me. I am free and fresh when left on the bush. Leave me be.”  The wildest of wild flowers.

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Dogs on leash. This is Roger.  He loves to walk and run and jump and sniff. His excitement inspires.

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Tiger lilly in my yard. They remind me of leopards.

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Sunflowers in July. And when bees gather on the big beautiful landing pad, ah…joy of yellow.

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The bright orange of pumpkin in my garden. Their leaves are wild and take over a garden area, but what wonder in the great big orange sphere.

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The transfer of color of red to blue to black of a blackberry’s dance. Then ripe and falls into your hand with ease and onto you lips. Juicy and bursting with flavor. One of summer’s most delicious fruits. Pride of the vine.

For those of you who follow my blog, I will be posting something about my mom’s funeral, but I just am not ready.  It was beautiful though. Very beautiful.

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With a Piece of Chalk


Beautiful portrayal of the power of imagination, the arts, and children’s ability to persevere.

Article about the creation of the low budget short film: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186876/With-Piece-Chalk-Forget-Justin-Bieber-Justen-Beer-Amazing-video-shows-12-year-old-break-dancer.html

Aristotle on Hope, Excellence, Education, and Friendship


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Painting of Aristotle by Raphael

QUICK FACTS (Source: Biography.com)

  • NAME: Aristotle
  • OCCUPATION: Philosopher
  • BIRTH DATE: c. 384 BCE
  • DEATH DATE: c. 322 BCE
  • EDUCATION: Plato’s Academy, Lyceum
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Stagira, Chalcidice, Greece
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Chalcis, Euboea, Greece
  • FULL NAME: Aristotle

Check out this link on biography.com for more history on Aristotle.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

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Feel free to share this image, but please do not take out watermarked copyright and website source. Thank you. Have a hope filled day.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”- Aristotle

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” – Aristotle

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Did You Know? (source: http://www.history.com/topics/aristotle)

Aristotle’s surviving works were likely meant as lecture notes rather than literature, and his now-lost writings were apparently of much better quality. The Roman philosopher Cicero said that “If Plato’s prose was silver, Aristotle’s was a flowing river of gold.”

Can you imagine Aristotle on social media?

Do you think he would favor Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or other?

This is an interesting blog post on Aristotle from Dooley & Associates. 

Video from Cloud Biography on Aristotle:

Video Lecture (Part I of lecture about Plato and Aristotle):

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ― Aristotle

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” – Aristotle

More information on Aristotle:

http://www.rowan.edu/open/philosop/clowney/Aesthetics/philos_artists_onart/aristotle.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/aristotle