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Pretty Is A Picture

I just wished to share some beautiful things that came my way recently.

amaryllus 2010

amaryllus 2010

every bloom finding a place

every bloom finding a place

The amaryllis blooms are pictures I took of our unusual plant.  9 blooms all at the same time and such a stunning red; they are the gift of our neighbor and after a week of rain today’s sunshine just made them feel like joy.

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IN my reading this week of other blogs I found a woman in Shanghai who is doing a series of videos about how she is falling in love with her KINDLE with Global capabilities.   I learned something new about my KINDLE from her video and I also learned how to read my KINDLE on my phone and PC and laptop this week – meaning my partner and I can share!  This was fun and made me feel celebrative.  Kristin has produced 4 lessons so far.

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I am reading Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo again and just re-read a stunning piece of writing  and I wanted to share it with all the people who might not read the book and miss some good insights?

The main character of the story – maybe- a 44 year old man driving across the country, showing the sights to a visitor revealing to the reader this:

“I love my country.  But I love it the way you love a wife of many years: not because you have some sentimental notion of her perfection, but because you know her thoroughly, from the courage of the maternity room bed to the pettiness of her morning moods; from seeing her sit for weeks by her dying mother’s bedside, to watching her worry about which shoes to wear to a cocktail party given by a person she doesn’t not like.  You know she has the capacity to get up at five in the morning and make you pancakes before you set off on a particularly arduous business trip, and you know she also has the capacity to say things, in the heat of an argument, that she should not say, to sneak the last piece of chocolate cake, to lose track of time and keep the rest of the family waiting for an hour, at the beach, on a burning hot afternoon.  You know everything from what flavor of lip gloss she likes to what books she would bring with her to the proverbial desert island and what she believes the meaning of life to be.  And the, always, there is a part of her you do not know.”

Don’t I wish!

Do you wish?

What brought you joy this week, or beauty – surprise?  Will you not share it with us here and add to the conversation?

12 Responses to “Pretty Is A Picture”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. lovely the story ofthe man traversing his country and recognising and acknowledging its wealth and that it could look the same as last time, but knows that next time it will be just as wonderful .. as he knows it will be.

    Your amaryllis is just beautiful – I might just buy one for my mother – I did see some the other day .. but had just bought a hyancinth for her and they have that wonderful scent. I think you’ve just persuaded me – I need to go buy one!! That bright red is wonderful.

    Have a good day and week – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..The Wigmaker, “Cottonpolis” and the first factory =-.

  2. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    I love amarylllis and nope, I’ve never seen one with 9 at once! My mom loved them as well. I used to have them bloomin in pots from Nov. – Feb. in Michigan. In AZ I only have them one month because we travel so much but I keep them in two different main living areas. The are just “arrayed in shining glory.”

    Oh I love that book passage and will check into the book. It kills me if the library doesn’t have it because I quit buying books to simplify my life.

    What brought me joy …skyping with my daughter and grandson. Celebrating a friends birthday and movie night with girlfriends.

  3. Talon Says:

    Those blooms are pure joy, Patricia! As was this post!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Foundations… =-.

  4. Barb Hartsook Says:

    A delightful post, Patricia. Your Amaryllis is stunning — I’ve not seen one with so many blooms! And the color is perfect for February! Looking outside in February here is pretty much like seeing a world desaturated of color. A study in values of greys. Still pretty, but the spot of red really brightens it up.

    I spent a while looking at the reasons to love a Kindle. Thanks for sending us there.

    And I love, love, love the literature! I’ll go find the book just for the writing. Thanks for that too!

    Barb
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..We Attract to Us That Which We Are =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    We are just full of foggy, gray rainy days and this bloom just is amazing. I know others keep them going for a long time, but never had one with 9 blooms before. I am so enjoying reading this book the second time around – he paints lovely pictures with his words. I feel calm reading it.
    You too have a wonderful week. Keeping you close in my thoughts

    Tess,
    I envy you being able to keep flowers going for so long. I do have luck with cyclamen in my cold house! but not much else. My poinsettia lasted all of 4 days this year !
    I am so enjoying this book and the word pictures. And it is calming to read. It’s an older book, I just looked up and my library has 6 copies on the shelves right now.

    Talon,
    I torn the ligament by my stomach and diaphragm again! So I am to stay still as much as possible – I am focusing on finding the joy and beauty in my situation. I think I caught it in this post?

    Barb,
    Thank you – that flower is just awesome and so colorful in our foggy world – but it is so warm the cherry trees are blooming! Plums are casting big purple buds…yikes?
    I am just enjoying my kindle more and more and it makes the books so much easier to read. Yesterday I had to wait a long time at an appointment – so I found this passage by reading the book on my cell phone!
    It is not the greatest book on the planet, but the author has a number of inspiring word pictures. The book is fiction, but based on a road trip he actually drove – so the locations are real. That makes it fun too – you could stay and eat at the Bed and Breakfasts he describes in Pennsylvania – and he captured Youngstown, Ohio just the way I remember it…Thank you for coming on by

  6. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Thank you for sharing beautiful things with us! I know I am going to sound boring, but this week again, my children brought me beauty and joy.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Post Baby Body: Stop it Already! =-.

  7. Barb Hartsook Says:

    I’d like to respond to Vered if I may…

    Your children bringing you beauty and joy is NEVER boring! I think only moms can ever really know the beauty and joy kids bring to moms. There just are no words big enough…
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..We Attract to Us That Which We Are =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    Children are never boring conduits for beauty and joy….I am just so proud of my youngest this week for handling the situation her self after her car was rear ended. I feel full of joy at how lovely and capable my children are becoming…beautiful adults.

    Barb,
    Thank you for adding your words to Vered…NEVER Boring is truth in love

  9. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    Brilliant flowers! Enjoyed reading that passage from Breakfast with Buddha too. What brought me joy this week? Laughing at nothing in particular. My funny bone is very healthy.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Book Review for “The Narcissist: A User’s Guide” =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    The experts say laughter is the best medicine…my funny bone is away…I need to kick it up a notch!

  11. Jannie funster Says:

    “sneaks the last piece of chocolate cake,” that cracked me up! Sounds like a marriage indeed. What a great piece of writing indeed! Thanks for sharing it and for your striking blooms.

    Me?

    Oh such beautiful things lately to bring joy… some noticeable cleanup at this house, beds of pansies flourishing after a cold snap, Kelly getting her back handspring on the trampoline, sunshine today after 3 days of rain, recovering photos from an even older hard drive today. Good stuff!
    .-= Jannie funster´s last blog ..Gratitude =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    You are just filled with beauty and joy…we had sunshine today after so much rain – lovely…thank you for dropping by and sharing
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Vitamins =-.