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I Love the Landscape Because It Is So Sincere. It Never Cheats Me.

“I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ Taken between Townsend, TN and Cades Cove, TN Most of you know me as the BamaSteelMagnolia. And, there is a reason for that. For most of my life I’ve lived in… Continue reading I Love the Landscape Because It Is So Sincere. It Never Cheats Me.

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Death is the Key Which Unlocks the Door to Our True Happiness, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.” ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ When we look out our back door we hope to find tranquility, beauty, peace, refuge and a place of escape. Today’s picture is one my… Continue reading Death is the Key Which Unlocks the Door to Our True Happiness, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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The Blossoms of the Heart No Wind Can Touch

“Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.” ~ Yoshida Kenko ~ What do April 1st, a visit to my doctor, cherry blossoms and my Tall & Handsome have to do with one another? A day and week I won’t soon forget.… Continue reading The Blossoms of the Heart No Wind Can Touch

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Men Can No Longer Live as Strangers, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.” ~ Adlai E. Stevens ~ So, what does the “Great Snowing Dusting of 2014”, today’s quote of the day, the pictures of the day, my 81 year old Daddy and a love affair with my Sweet Home Alabama and my little local community have… Continue reading Men Can No Longer Live as Strangers, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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To a Cup O’ Kindness, My Friend, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet…” ~ Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne ~ Some years are just better than other years. I think we can all agree on that. Some years are a mixed bag, and then some years are what I call a mountain top year – those years where everything is… Continue reading To a Cup O’ Kindness, My Friend, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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The Rest was Left Up to Nature, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“The best way to travel…is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely up to nature.” ~ William Pene de Bois, The Twenty One Balloons ~ I love the month of October – for many reasons. The weather turns cooler,… Continue reading The Rest was Left Up to Nature, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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You Can Sit on a Mountain More Comfortably than on a Tack, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take.  You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.” ~ Unknown ~ There is an old adage about “thriving where you’re planted”. I think that pearl of wisdom is based on Psalm 1:3 that says: “He shall be like a tree… Continue reading You Can Sit on a Mountain More Comfortably than on a Tack, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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That Curious Emotion called Homesickness, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the roller-coaster or the jukebox…” ~ Carson McCullers ~ There are certain times of the year I know Tall & Handsome develops a case of that curious emotion called homesickness. I… Continue reading That Curious Emotion called Homesickness, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Diamond Bridge for Sure, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn’t matter! As long as the bridge takes you across to the other side, it is a good bridge.” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan ~ I have a confession. I have a phobia about bridges. Ever since the Silver Bridge collapsed over the Ohio River between Ohio and… Continue reading Diamond Bridge for Sure, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Still in the Air While the Earth Flies Past Underneath, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.” ~ Alberto Santos-Dumont ~ Many of you may not know hot air balloons are part of the BamaSteelMagnolia and Tall & Handsome lore. It’s like Bev and T & H: The Early Years… I think I’ve divulged a time or… Continue reading Still in the Air While the Earth Flies Past Underneath, by Beverly Hicks Burch