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The places of joy are right here, all around us.
They make us feel good, cause us to sing, to love, to smile.

This website is one of those places. It is, quite simply, a place where favorite photos, paintings, words of poets, authors and everyday people help us to see familiar places and ideas in new light, with fresh eyes and open minds.

The hope is that they will make us smile. Smiles, after all, are the outward signatures of joy!
Writer, painter, poet, lover of nature and its mystery, curious explorer and traveler, Mary O’Connor looks beyond life’s edges to find and appreciate the forces that shape our lives. It is this practice—this belief that there are no boundaries to joy—that guides her journey through life, and the content of this site.