Monday, July 12, 2010


Too often we underestimate
the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential
to turn a life around.

~Leo Buscaglia

Of Note: The activities mentioned above are often considered optional. Optional in the sense that we do it when we feel like it, when all the stars line up, when our hormones are balanced, when the other person is nice, of the right color, has the hair style we prefer and the nationality with which we can relate. Optional. Love really is not optional like that. Jesus the Christ asked us to "Love thy neighbor" and didn't mention if we got along with them or not. This is the prime lesson before humanity. Sooner or later, we will get it. Love. Only love will propel us forward on the evolutionary path.

Today's Weather Report: A perfect day weather-wise in the mid-70's. Clouds strolled in and out during the day. These hollyhocks are the first of the summer and will definitely not be mowed down like last year by deer, who left only bare stems after a night of munching. A whole year of growth snuffed out in a single night. It was sad. The lilies are at the height of blooming now--and the color has actually gotten a little boring. Can't believe I'm saying that, but it's the truth. The geraniums from last year are doing pretty well in a container though they were dry after a brief but violent thunderstorm yesterday. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it. All the plants in that sector were totally dry. Must be the 80 foot pine trees under which they grow.