“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us,


and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.” — George Eliot

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Sand dune at Watch Hill, RI. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“Like humans, baboons


seem to rely on friendly relationships to help them cope with stressful situations.” — Anne Engh

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Ninety-one percent of baboons and humans DNA is the same.



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Baboon framily in Serengeti, Tanzania, Africa. Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2010

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world,


they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” — Bill Vaughan

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By the way, as English satirist Craig Brown once said,  “Children are perfectly happy to sit next to spiders; it is only grown-ups who are frightened away.” 

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Black and yellow Argiopes spider, and the garden where it lives. Photos by Jill Chambers © 2015

“Life is too short to stress yourself.

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Sometimes you need to stop worrying, planning and just relax, release and let go.” — Unknown

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Unwinding on a hot summer day in Farm River swimming hole, Branford, CT. Photo © 2015, compliments of Jane Kelsey.

“Do small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa

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“Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.” — Amethyst Wyldfyre

Hummingbird on feeder photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015