A snapshot in the life of a butterfly

Garden Graces

A quick look in photos at the life of a monarch butterfly:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEggs on a leaf.  There’s safety in numbers!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter hatching a caterpillar’s life is spent eating…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHanging out with friends eating…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter about two weeks, the journey begins…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo find a suitable spot…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd transform into a chrysalis.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANot much changes until day 7, then things turn dark…


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADay 9 the butterfly emerges triumphant!

IMG_0221Danger always lurks...

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut freedom is near…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFeels good to stretch one’s wings…



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA little rest then a drink of nectar before the long flight to Mexico.


All that is left of one of nature’s most wondrous transformations.

Happy gardening 🙂


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Wisdom for Each Day – January 26


When you were very young and first started speaking, did you talk to your parents in long sentences and for great lengths of time?  I doubt it.  And yet they weren’t disappointed in you; they were delighted by your first attempts to speak.

In the same way, when we truly understand that God is our loving heavenly Father and we are His children, then we won’t worry so much about disappointing Him by our prayers.  Don’t worry about your lack of eloquence; no matter how simple they are, God delights in our prayers when they truly express the feelings and desires of our heart.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  Psalm 107:8 KJV

Billy Graham – Wisdom for Each Day

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social media meltdown

Writing with a Purp(r)ose





“what’s on your mind?”,



where does it all end?

not everything should be,

so plain for all to see,

treasure something,

anything, possibly everything,

held dear to the heart,

as it should only be yours from the start.

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Photo prompt round-up: Watcher #writephoto

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo


Reaching through the mists
Stone and sea melding with sky
A presence half-glimpsed
The breeze carries a whisper
Only the watchers will hear


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at Carn Lês Boel in Cornwall during our recent visit. We had taken a magical walk through sheltered lanes shrouded in mist and a myriad wildflowers to reach the cliffs and an ancient sacred site. As we left the cliff fortress, the mists that had opened to give us a brief but clear sight of the coast closed around us once more. This solitary figure stood unmoving for a moment at the entrance to the site before she was swallowed by the mists once more.


Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week. There were just too many to reblog all of them the posts this week, but they are all listed…

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Telling our stories

Madeline Bialecki

I had a dream the other night that I was facilitating a writing workshop, and I woke up remembering a workshop I facilitated about fifteen years ago called Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography. I enjoyed doing it, but I only did it once. Why is that? And why am I dreaming about a writing workshop now?

As I enter 2020, and get closer to retirement age, I am thinking more seriously about my next act. Is my dream offering direction? Is facilitating writing workshops part of my next act? Does the dream have something to do with my own writing?


The thing about my dreams is that they are not usually as clear as when an angel appeared in Joseph’s dream and told him to flee to Egypt. My dreams usually need some unpacking; the message is in there somewhere and it is up to me to figure it…

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How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life

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How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life

written by Emmaline Soken-Huberty 

When you look at the world, what do you see? Are you an optimistic, a realist, or leaning more into pessimism? The answer is most likely a bit complicated. Everyone has mental models that you use to make sense of things around them. A mental model is essentially another term for a worldview. They shape what you think and how you act, either consciously or subconsciously. You use mental models in every area of your life, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and personal growth. Most people have only a few that they use again and again, but to achieve more success and happiness in life, you need a wide variety.

Parkinson’s Law

Good time management is a difficult skill for many people. It’s easy to procrastinate. To help, remember Parkinson’s Law. This mental model comes from a quote by Cyril Northcote Parkinson: “Work expands as…

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