Gems 6.52

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Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤


Photo by Picmonkey.

Daisy, give yourself away
Look up at the rain
The beautiful display
Of power and surrender
Giving us today, and
She gives herself away

-Jon Foreman

I realize I used this photo two years ago, but this is my favorite daisy photo of all time (so far).  I added the stars.

I remember when daisies grew by the railroad tracks in our small New Jersey town every June.  But now they bloom in November in another town only 40 miles south under my pear tree (Wish).

We’ve been having a great discussion on the KarunaVirus Challenge about having a heart of service.  It seems we agree: helping others feel happy, safe, joyful, well and loved is #1.  Since I can remember, I’ve felt this way. Now I have an entire tribe who feels this way.



Gems 5.192

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Photo “White Sage” by Cord X.  Thank you, Cord!

“Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” – Edwin Curran

I don’t know which poem today’s quote is from but I thought it perfectly matched Cord’s beautiful white sage flower.  Edwin Curran published his first book of poems in 1917.  He was born in 1892, so he was 25-years old at the time.  I found this first poem in that book so captivating and sweet and so full of hope that I know I’ll share more of his poetry in the future.


I leaped here out of time and saw ahead
into the years still locked and chained and still;
I leaped into that great sleep, yet still dead
And saw there all the power of the human will,
All the toil of ages gathered and unfurled
Into a thing of beauty on a glorious hill,
The Flag of The United Nations of the World!

The sea was full of ships, great argosies in white,
With sweet wines, silks, sandalwood and wheat;
The fields lay heaped in gold and far abroad
The marts of all the world wore jewels of light.
The mountains laughed and peace was in the street
And gloriously, the world was happy as God.

On still the Vison took human sense
Beyond the world and down the path of men
Thru happiness immortal, then the centuries
And on forever and forever hence
Past earth and time and space and back again,
Thru the endless joy of marvelous eternities.

-Edwin Curran, First Poems, 1917

Edwin Curran sig

It makes me wonder what tucked away poems are lost in time.  If we live forever, will we find them all eventually and read them to each other, do you think?


Gems 5.190

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Gems 5.190

Photo “Purple Sage” by Cord X.

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”  

-Joseph Addison

Cord explained that there are two different kinds of sage flowers.  One goes with the herb and the other, like the one above, is grown as decoration in San Antonio. That beauty was blooming just last week.

Cord shared other photos too that will be featured in the other Gems this week. Thanks so much, Cord!



Gems 5.35

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Photo by Cord X.  Used with permission.  Thank you!


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Gems 4.149

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Photo  “Flowers, Macro 1,” Gallery/Macro Photography Copyright © Richard Keys, Photo Sociology:  “Exploring Sociology through Photography”  All rights reserved.  Used with permission.  Thank you! ♡

This is a gorgeous flower photo, but I didn’t know what kind of flower it was until I did a little research.  I found this wonderful poet just today searching for quotes about anemone, which I’m forever confusing with anemones — same word, but the flower is pluralized without the “s” and the marine creature with it.  Did you know that? I learned that today too!

It’s a delight to learn new things, and to find new poets, too, and learn their stories:

Elaine Goodale Eastman (1863–1953) and Dora Read Goodale (1866–1953) were American poets and sisters from Massachusetts. They published their first poetry as children still living at home, and were included in Edmund Clarence Stedman’s classic An American Anthology (1900).

Elaine Goodale taught at the Indian Department of Hampton Institute, started a day school on a Dakota reservation in 1886, and was appointed as Superintendent of Indian Education for the Two Dakotas by 1890. She married Dr. Charles Eastman (also known as Ohiyesa), a Santee Sioux who was the first Native American to graduate from medical school and become a physician. They lived with their growing family in the West for several years. Goodale collaborated with him in writing about his childhood and Sioux culture; his nine books were popular and made him a featured speaker on a public lecture circuit. She also continued her own writing, publishing her last book of poetry in 1930, and a biography and last novel in 1935.

Source, Wikipedia, The Goodale Sisters

Elaine Goodale Eastman and her family sound really fascinating.  Imagine publishing your first book of poetry as a child.  I didn’t publish my first book of poetry until I was a grandmother! /

Speaking of, you can find  Elanthian Love Songs – A Bard’s Tale on Amazon.  As always, 100 percent of the profits go to under1000skies website fund (coming soon).  We purchased the names “” and “”  The dot-org will be for this site and the dot-com for our stationary store.   You can read more here: About Us.

Faux Pas!

We’ve stopped sending out artist kits for now because we’re looking into ways to combine volunteers with homeless artists for the day to take for camera-phone shots —  much cheaper than mailing film and developing photos.  We only ever got one roll of film back (from our friend John O.) and I lost it!  It was just after Ben disappeared. Not an excuse, but perhaps a reason.  I still have hope it will turn up, but that was not a great start.  Thankfully, John was very understanding and cool about it.

Cheap/Bulk Camera Phones?

I still love the idea of artist packs, so we’ll work on putting together a waterproof sketchbook with the notebook to include instead of a camera.  Meanwhile, if you have any ideas about how to find cheap camera phones, please let me know.

Thank you again so much Richard, Photo Sociology, for allowing us to use another one of your gorgeous macro photos today.

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