Orange Rose

Bright red-orange rose

If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.

Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Cosmos, Again

…the only thing that keeps us going is love. I knew it then like I knew it was raining. I got a little off balance, the way you do when you’re on a boat. I thought, it’s as if we are all moving through this world on a big old ship, holding on to one another as we cruise up the generous river of life. The water that floats us is always new, yet it flows in the same direction, over the same old sand.

~Heather Lende, If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name

Trumpet vine

We cannot have everything; there must be sacrifice. If we want wildness, we have to be willing to let go our death-grip on security. If we want total safety, we will be closing the door on nature altogether.

~Krista Schlyer, Almost Anywhere

I like it better here where I can sit just quietly and smell the flowers.