S.S. Constitution Postcard


I remember well this enchanting sight, more excited than afraid of the frothy ocean waves, especially when I met Lady Liberty at Ellis Island New York Harbor many moons ago.


Twice as a youngster

Crossing Atlantic Ocean

What swelling, what foam!

“How great, how loving, how wonderful is God in his works.”

–Frances Xavier Cabrini, Italian immigrant to become first American saint

How majestic is the ocean of God’s grace to protect us in our travels.


Jars Art by Majeur


Finding this image of jars brings back wonderful memories of my French grandmother who operated a butcher shop in which this type jar contained succulent olives of Provence.  There were 3 of them containing the favored black, red and green olives.  I am fortunate to have one of these jars in my home.  Another memory was climbing the hill to the cemetery lined with a very old olive grove.


Such a peaceful sign

Sprig of a fruited olive

Man’s health purified

“If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them, their oil would become tears.”  –Mahmoud Darwish

Olive trees can produce up to 1,000 years, if tenderly cared for and experience two cold months in the year for growth in the warm Mediterranean climate.

“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.”  –Psalm 52:8

These delicious olives are everywhere today, but as I learned recently, don’t buy those black olives in the can, they are painted black and they taste rubbery – Ugh!


A Bing Image


Three years strong, my fern plant hangs underneath a Willow tree.  It seems to double in size each summer, but by December its branches withers brown spikes.  It’s such a hardy plant.

“Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the fern seems dead, it rebounds in Spring along with the birds.


It is through lush ferns

Hibernates during Winter

Shade essence for birds