“Childhood means simplicity.


Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” — Kailash Satyarth




“Childhood is a short season.” — Helen Hayes







“Play is often talked moredeer014about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood.”   — Fred Rogers



7-23-12 008“The innocence of children is like the innocence of a lot of animals.”  — Clint Eastwood



“As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. more deer 023a (2)Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self- discovery.”  — David Mixner

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“My parents are good role models because they’ve worked hard and gave me a happy childhood.” — Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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Childhood of Deer photos by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“Walking in the forest for me is like going to church.


It is my cathedral, and I haven’t been doing that enough lately…I need to connect again. Walking the forest floor is one of the most spiritual things I can imagine. Just thinking about it now makes me wonder why I haven’t been there in a couple years.” — Neil Young

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Forest floor in Gilead, CT. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“Rare is the union of beauty and purity.”


“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.” — Edgar Alan Poe

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“A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.”  — Unknown


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Magnolia blossom photos by Mary O’Connor © 2015

“The many great gardens of the world,

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of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.” — Thomas More

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Tulips at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT. Photo by Ellen Franks © 2015

“Love begins in a moment,


grows over time, and lasts an eternity.” — Unknown


“Learning is like building a sandcastle. Once you have the right tools, you can build anything. You can be anything you want to be.” — Unknown


“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held

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Photos by Jan Logozzo © 2015

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” ― Tennessee Williams

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Hiding their delicate bloom

in heart-shaped leaves,

they lift their seemingly

shy heads from the forest

floor, understated harbingers

of spring after winter,

life after death.


Some, dressed in white, speak

of beauty and purity both.

Others, in stains of purple,

pause the viewer’s soul at the edges

of mourning, whispering

since the days of antiquity

words of resurrection and love.


Powerful enough to break

the mountain’s rocks,

they turn their force to deeper,

more restorative deeds—

weaving their scent and their story

into comforting robes

of peace and lasting rest. 


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VIOLETS poem and photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015