French Almond Cookies
This vintage poster reminds me of the French almond cookies that my grandmother would serve guests with a chilled Rose’ de Provence wine. These buttery cookies would melt in the mouth especially if dipped into the glass…surging a double dose of sugary adrenaline. When the tin was empty, Mame Jeanne would store loose buttons in it. The tin now contains my husband’s paint brushes.
COOKIES SO DELICIOUS TO SAVOR
ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH
Bridge of God, Lexington, Virginia
This impressive natural wonder is a 215 feet limestone gorge once belonging to Thomas Jefferson. God’s creation never ceases to amaze.
WHAT IS AROUND IS SUFFICIENT
FOR NATURE HEALS…BEAUTIFULLY
QUOTE from Vincent van Gogh
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”
China’s Fountain of Youth
A 4000-year-old legend describes Shen Nong as the Chinese nobleman who discovered making tea that only emperors enjoyed. Asian countries produce 90% of the world’s tea consumption making it a medicine chest for good health. Tea is a symbol of respect and gives contentment to the body and soul.
SIP ME GREEN, BLACK OR SCENTED TEA
FOR A LONGER LIFE
“Better to be without food for three days
than without tea for one.”
Shan Shui Xian in Fujian Province, China
Linda Spencer, precious to me still, taught nursing to Chinese students in this province famous for rock oolong tea. The steep rocky mountains, trees and rain are said to produce this famous tea from dark leaves to an amber sweet peat smoke aroma.
For two years Linda shared with me her daily Chinese living which was rough and unhealthy yet rewarding in her work. Within one year of her return home, she fell in love, married and then suddenly died of throat cancer. My noble friend has fulfilled her secular Carmelite vocation – savings lives from Haiti to China. Now when I sip on oolong tea, I cherish our friendship along with her exotic adventures.
REMOTE WERE YOUR TRAVELS
TEACHING OTHERS TO SAVE LIVES
YOUR LIFE SPENT FOR THE CAUSE
Portrait of a Couple by Rembrandt
This portrait of Isaac and Rebecca, also revered as ‘The Jewish Bride,’ was painted by Rembrandt in 1665.
Vincent van Gogh, near the end of his life, admired this painting of love so much that he said:
“I should be happy to give 10 years of my life, if I could go on sitting here in front of this picture for a fortnight with only a crust of dry bread for food.”
Some art reviewers surmise Vincent fell in love with this adoring couple for the lack of love he felt in his own life.
Rembrandt’s brilliant draftsmanship painted the flesh of the couple’s affections through the touches of their hands on each other; Issac’s hand over hers over her heart. Their attires voluptuously laden with rich layers and vibrant colors. It’s no wonder that Vincent fell in love with ‘The Jewish Bride.”
LOVE IS SO GENTLE
LOVE GUARDING MAN’S MORTALITY
LOVE TOUCHING TO THE BONE
“Our union with Christ unifies affections and wills.”
Saint Cyprian of Carthage
The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali 1931
I vividly recall studying this Catalonian Surrealist painter during my college studies which ignited my passion for all forms of art, even this one. My first impression of Dali’s ‘melting clocks’ was ‘how weird.’ Now I am less shocked by his uncanny interpretation of how the mind and memory work, especially during dreams. His flat clocks spread out in a desert may not seem as crazy as some of my strange dreams. The manner in which Salvador Dali painted ‘surrealism’ complements what he said:
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
The “perfection of imperfection” makes us timeless, tossing out the boring and oddly contradicts the adage that ‘practice makes perfect.’
A Star Clock
The image above resembles a beautiful card I just received from a precious friend who was silent for a long while. I did not give up; her return is the best birthday gift one can receive.
I believe that friendships originate in Heaven for our best disposition on earth – keeping faith helps the mind when you truly love someone.
Dear One, may this Haiku honor our friendship.
LIFE’S CURRENTS GOT IN THE WAY
TIME CONVEYED HEALING
& GRACE ERASES LOSS
“When we love something we don’t care what sort of abuse or injury or pain we might have to endure to get it; we are concerned only with satisfying our desire for the thing we love.”
Saint Catherine of Siena