“Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with a necessary distance between you and your feelings.” ~ Lisa Kleypas ~ Six years ago, Tall & Handsome and I were working out of state. We were in Georgia, in an area being ravaged by drought. We were oblivious to what was… Continue reading Shock is a Merciful Condition
“You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you.” ~ George Lucas ~ Many of you may not know I’ve being doing genealogy research for close to two… Continue reading Break Through the Brick Walls
"We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need.” ~ Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia ~ The young girl in this grainy image from the past is me. It pains me to look at her/me because I know she is hiding… Continue reading We Turn Skeletons Into Goddesses
“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.
The Hicks Sisters ca 1983 “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~ It had been a glorious, beautiful, brisk autumn day. I stood and breathed in a stunning panoramic view as I watched the sun lower into a captivating sunset. Faster than I realized, dusk… Continue reading Memories Are the Key Not to the Past, but to the Future
“Dogs lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull ~ It’s turning out that grooming day, or spa day, as we like to high handily call it in the Burch house, it becoming eventful. Eventful in ways I would rather avoid. As coincidence would have it, the last two times “spa… Continue reading Their Only Fault, Really…
“Out, damn’d spot! Out, I say!” ~ Lady Macbeth, Act 5, Shakespeare ~ Look at this face! Could there be many things more adorable than this?! Innocence and sweetness oozing from those little dark windows into her soul. Well, let me tell you something, to paraphrase Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelt, it’s going to be… Continue reading Out Damn’d Spot!
“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
“Life gives us brief moments with another...but, sometimes in those brief moments, we get memories that last a life time..." ~ Unknown ~ Say what you will about technology and Facebook, there is one advantage to both - reconnecting with friends and family. So, a few years ago I was delighted when I received a… Continue reading Life Gives Us Brief Moments with Others…by Beverly Hicks Burch
“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