In the mud


“An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned with it.” — George Bernard Shaw

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Egret on river mud bank. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2016

“Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence that you take for granted.” — Doug Dillon


“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized.” — Chuck Palahniuk

img_1665“We make patterns, we share moments.” — Jenny Downham






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Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2016

Calm Down


“The sun rises every morning and sheds light, vanquishing the night’s darkness. The rooster also rises every morning only, unlike the sun, he simply makes noise. But the darkness of the night is dispelled by sunshine, not by the rooster’s crowing. The world can use more light and less noise. Wherever I can, I want to be light.” — Steve Goddier

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“There’s a morning when presence comes
over your soul. You sing like a rooster
in your earth-colored shape. Your heart
hears and, no longer frantic, begins
to dance.” — Rumi


Watercolor paintings by Mary O’Connor © 2016



“When a woman stops blushing, she has lost the most powerful weapon of charm.” — Elizabeth Taylor

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While thick and substantial, the strikingly colored Russula sanguinaria mushroom has a habit of falling apart without any apparent disturbance, as seen here with this blushing pink specimen. Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2016