Bones of Memory

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In the beginning—time still untarnished

by tongues of friends telling tales

of unrequited passion and by knowledge

yet to be understood—pockets and purses

held the roots of recollection:

tickets torn to their stubs, clovers plucked

for their leaves of luck, valentines pasted

with tinseled love, prized dance cards,

dutifully, if not lovingly, signed by Curt,

by Joe and Jay, also by John,

catch of the class, and by Richard,

who wasn’t, but with whom I danced.

Frayed now, and fragmented, frosted

by the season of winter, still these scraps

survive, bones of yesterday.

Adding to them, I haul out my notebook,

my pad of yellow stickies, indelible marker,

preserving names of people just met,

conversations heard, things I must do,

before I forget.

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Poem and photo by Mary O’Connor © 2014



“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.

Clamitia005 (2)“My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.” — Abram L. Urban

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Photo credit: Jan Logozzo © 2014

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things…


rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” — Booker T. Washington

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Handcrafted bead jewelry is found throughout Tanzanian towns and villages. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2011  

“Paintings are Rorschach ink blots. They are what you want them to be.” — Roy Lichtenstein


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“Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.”  — Alan Watts


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Photos of painting by artist OBE in Zanzibar market, zebras on Serengeti, by Mary O’Connor © 2010

“Be less curious about people…

077and more curious about ideas.” — Marie Curie

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” — David Attenborough

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Artists participating in a Tiffany Farm Paint-out painted the scenic barns, silos, cows and fields of this picturesque farm in Lyme, Connecticut.  Organized by the Lyme Art Association and Lyme Public Hall to raise awareness of the plight of dairy farmers, the 2007 event helped offset the short-term debt of this 1841 family farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Connecticut. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2007.