“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”  —  Henry Ford

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Sound of Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Marching Band, St. Patrick’s Day Parade — photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017


“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.” — Junichiro Tanizaki

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Patterns of Outreach — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Taking a Risk

“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” — Seneca

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” — Mark Zuckerberg

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Red Reef Beach, Boca Raton, Florida

Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2017