“I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock…

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and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it’s nice to go out there and clear my head.” — Devon Werkheiser

mocedgelea004“Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you’re juggling emails, rushing to meet the 5 P.M. deadline or straining to make your voice heard in a high-stress meeting. They come when you’re walking the dog, soaking in the bath or swinging in a hammock.” — Carl Honore

Hammocks, developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping, are commonly seen today as signs of relaxation, leisure and simple, easy living. Enjoy some lazy days of summer!

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Hammock view photos by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t.

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And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.” — Robert Kennedy

Promising Reflections. Photo by Jane Kelsey © 2015

“To create a garden is to search for a better world.

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In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise.  Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future.  This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” — Marina Schinz

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“If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.” — Author Unknown

 

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Smith’s Acres Garden Center and Plant Nursery, Niantic, CT.

Photos by Jan Logozzo © 2015

“Don’t let the agony, regret, or fog of yesterday

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blind you to the fact that each new day carries with it a plethora of opportunities to move your life into the right direction.” — Steve Maraboli

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“Lighthouse in thinning fog” acrylics painting by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“I asked the Zebra, are you black with white stripes?

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Or white with black stripes? And the zebra asked me, Are you good with bad habits? Or are you bad with good habits? Are you noisy with quiet times? Or are you quiet with noisy times? Are you happy with some sad days? Or are you sad with some happy days? Are you neat with some sloppy ways? Or are you sloppy with some neat ways? And on and on and on and on and on and on he went. I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.” — Shel Silverstein

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Zebras, Tarangire, Tanzania. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2010

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.

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We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie

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“Outside my window” photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015