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Welcome spring in all its glory

wolf kahn pastel, from emily foard's photograph ll, 2013

Roots and leaves themselves alone are these,
Scents brought to men and women from the wild woods and pond-side,
Breast-sorrel and pinks of love, fingers that wind around tighter
than vines,
Gushes from the throats of birds hid in the foliage of trees as the
sun is risen,
Breezes of land and love set from living shores to you on the living
sea, to you O sailors!
Frost-mellow’d berries and Third-month twigs offer’d fresh to young
persons wandering out in the fields when the winter breaks up,
Love-buds put before you and within you whoever you are,
Buds to be unfolded on the old terms,
If you bring the warmth of the sun to them they will open and bring
form, color, perfume, to you,
If you become the aliment and the wet they will become flowers,
fruits, tall branches and trees.

Walt Whitman ~ Leaves of Grass, 1855

Wolf Kahn ~ From Emily Foard’s Photograph II, 2013

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For a few mornings now, I’ve been serenaded by the sweet sound of baby Robins…their masterful nest sits just outside my bedroom window, atop a sturdy old branch in the Magnolia tree…what a priceless gift to be given! This miraculous event has inspired me to re-read the one and only Walden by Henry David Thoreau…as I slowly savor his words, filled with infinite wisdom and unparalleled insights, I find myself sharing my new found discovery with him…a timeless companion if you will, elevating my experience with his ever-present eyes and ears…

It is with his voice in the forefront of my mind that I’d like to share with you one of my favorite excerpts from Walden…it’s quite possibly the most profound description of spring cleaning and outdoor living I’ve ever come across! Wishing you a wonderful spring weekend!

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“Housework was a pleasant pastime. When my floor was dirty, I rose early, and, setting all my furniture out of doors on the grass, bed and bedstead making but one budget, dashed water on the floor, and sprinkled white sand from the pond on it, and then with a broom scrubbed it clean and white; and by the time the villagers had broken their fast the morning sun had dried my house sufficiently to allow me to move in again, and my meditations were almost uninterrupted. It was pleasant to see my whole household effects out on the grass, making a little pile like a gypsy’s pack, and my three-legged table, from which I did not remove the books and pen and ink, standing amid the pines and hickories. They seemed glad to get out themselves, and as if unwilling to be brought in. I was sometimes tempted to stretch an awning over them and take my seat there. It was worth the while to see the sun shine on these things, and hear the free wind blow on them; so much more interesting most familiar objects look out of doors than in the house. A bird sits on the next bough, life-everlasting grows under the table, and the blackberry vines run round its legs; pine cones, chestnut burs, and strawberry leaves are strewn about. It looked as if this was the way these forms came to be transferred to our furniture, to tables, chairs and bedsteads, – because they once stood in their midst.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, excerpt from Walden

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Top ~ In the Woods by Paul Cezanne, 1900

Bottom ~ In the Woods by Paul Cezanne, 1898

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Henry David Thoreau

1855

April 15, 9 A.M. – To Atkin’s boat-house.

No sun till setting. Another still, moist, overcast day, without sun, but all day a crescent of light, as if breaking away in the north. The waters smooth and full of reflections. A still cloudy day like this is perhaps the best to be on the water. To the clouds, perhaps, we owe both the stillness and the reflections, for the light is in great measure reflected from the water. Robins sing now at 10 A.M. as in the morning, and the phoebe; and pigeon woodpecker’s cackle is heard, and many martins (with white-bellied swallows) are skimming and twittering above the water, perhaps catching the small fuzzy gnats with which the air is filled. The sounds of church bells, at various distances, in Concord and the neighboring towns, sounds very sweet to us on the water this still day. It is the song of the villages heard with the song of the birds.

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Three Trees in Spring ~ Claude Monet, 1891

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Spring ~ Pablo Picasso, 1956

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The Cascade in Spring ~ John Henry Twachtman, 1890-1899

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Pasture in Bloom ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1887

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The first flowers ~ Paul Gauguin, 1888

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“Cool” Series No. 80, Impatient Spring ~ Perle Fine, 1963

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Spring at Catou ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1872-1873

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Melikhovo at spring ~ Isaac Levitan

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Dark and Deep ~ Wolf Kahn

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Trees by the Water ~ Paul Cezanne, 1900

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Lake, Spring ~ Isaac Levitan, 1898

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happy easter!

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a glorious spring day!

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~ L.H. Bailey

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Shapes of Spring ~ Milton Avery, 1952

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happy easter!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Easter!

Esterhazy: The Rabbit Prince (Creative Editions, 1993), written by Irene Dische and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, illustrated by Michael Sowa

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It’s the time of tiny leaves…delicate blossoms…and long graceful catkins…the time of fragile hues…gentle rains…and the glowing days that sunshine brings…

Each leaf in the woods now testifies to the renaissance of life…there is music in the air…and intense activity…

The light…the earth…and waters have brought forth new life…life with all its freedom…its deep mysteries…and joyousness…

excerpt from To those who see by Gwen Frostic

Wishing you a glorious weekend filled with the sights, sounds, and scents of spring!

Eugenijus Zvergzdys

Julie Callison

Karl Green

Victor Russillo

Shannon Torrey

Miles Glynn

Fang Guo

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Now…life in all its countless forms is beginning to stir…timed to the cycle of the sun…each life is born on time…

Eggs of turtles…frogs…and insects are hatching…millions of seeds are sprouting…the things which will not awaken are giving life to those that do…and thereby shall live again this spring…and always…

The sun is higher…the days are longer…and the magic of spring has touched every living thing…each…attuned to life…is ready to rise in a mystical kinship with beauty…

~ excerpt from To those who see by Gwen Frostic

Katie Finn

Nandita Subhedar

Pam Montazeri

Inne R Hardjanto

Glenn Upton

Jacek Fortuna

Parker Lefton

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