Immigrants’ First Pictures Reveal What It Means To Be American

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Ellis Island Memorial

Look below at the faces of these beautiful individuals who passed through Ellis Island, NY, USA and went on to build America through their hopes and dreams. Every one of us in the US is descended from immigrants; let us not forget that we have them to thank for planting the seeds of the harvest that we enjoy today.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Silent Sunday

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Misery Loves Company…as do the rest of us

Wise and beautifully written!

The Wild Heart of Life

I took a brief hiatus from my blogging this week. 2017 has come in with a crashing of symbols and disharmony and, quite frankly, I’m ready to start over fresh.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my dad. My brother was in the hospital. And he’s fine now and aside from Donald Trump, my life is slowly falling back into place. But ironing out the kinks is proving to be tougher than I thought. The wrinkles are determined. I’m struggling, because this year has been an odd juxtaposition from the start; ripe with little moments of beauty tucked within the fluttering pages of my life’s manuscript, which closely resembles the screenplay for a series of unfortunate events.

And so I reflect back on this weekend. On my brother, lying in the hospital bed, tucked into an oversized, paper thin gown, his face sallow and tired, his chest wracked…

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In A Vase On Monday – Amaryllis & Daisies

img_6708My white amaryllis, backlit by the sun, adds a touch of warmth to this cold winter’s day.

img_6457And for those wondering about the bulb encased in silver wax that I posted in early December, its growth has been very slow, but steady. Here it is below, budded up, ready to bloom. The main advantage that I can see to this wax method of propagation is that it doesn’t grow as tall as potted ones do. The white one above is 24″ tall, while the red is half that size. It’s been an interesting experiment to say the least.

img_6715Next to it, I have a little vase of daisies from the florist. I find their sunny, little faces so cheerful and they are a nice compliment to the red amaryllis and its toad companion!

Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens, indoor or out. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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Women’s March

img_6785By now, you’ve seen the results of the world’s response to the Women’s March, an idea that spread  around the planet from Washington, DC. I am astonished and heartened by the millions of people who have demonstrated that they are not going to go quietly back to the 1950s.

While I’ve never been to a rally of any kind in my life, nor considered myself an activist in any cause, I felt compelled to join the Women’s March on January 21 held in Northampton, Massachusetts, a small city near my home.

I was brought to tears when I saw the sheer volume of people that had come together in solidarity to support the things they believed in – the rights that we all hold dear – democracy, equality, freedom, basically everything that makes life worth living.

The parade blocked one lane of traffic and stretched for a mile. At six abreast, I estimated at least 2000 people, maybe more.

Signs of all kinds, carried by people from all walks of life, even pets attended. Most endearing were the small children with their handmade placards. It made me proud to see such an outpouring of love and devotion to what is right and worth protecting.

 

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Accept, Let Go, Have Faith

Jamaica 12.07 089“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” ~Sonia Ricotti

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