Monday, May 20, 2013
--Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) Polish-born American writer.
Above: Pink Lady's Slippers blooming on Buffalo Mountain. This unique plant is found throughout the eastern United States and is part of the orchid family. In Tennessee it is considered endangered. It depends upon a specific type of fungi in the soil for its survival and tends to grow in colonies.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
--George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist.
Above: Spring blooms on Unaka Mountain.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
--Denis Waitley (b.1933) author and motivational speaker
Monday, May 13, 2013
--Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian born American Writer and Philosopher
Above: Cascade Trail, Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, TN. Click here for a map of the many trails on Buffalo Mountain.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
--A. A. Milne (1882-1956) author of Winnie-the-Pooh.
This is Chickweed, which grows in clumps of tiny flowers -- a fairly common site along woodland trails from March to November. The five petals are so deeply notched that you would think there were ten.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sunday, May 5, 2013
–Mark Twain (1835-1910) American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer.
This wildflower is called Wild Oats. Also known as Cornflower, it's in the lily family and grows in deciduous forests in the highlands. I found many along the Appalachian Trail on Unaka Mountain.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
–From the movie, "Mulan"
This unusual plant is called "Squaw Root" - a perennial root-parasite lacking chlorophyll with scaly white/yellow flowers. It makes its appearance from April to June and is often found under oak trees. Squaw root is said to be a favorite food of bears.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
--Helen Hayes (1900-1993) American stage and film Actress.
Above: The Johnson City Public Library, completed in 1999.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Oh the farmer and the cowman should be friends
One man likes to push a plow
The other likes to chase a cow
But that's no reason why they can't be friends
--Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895 – 1960) Songwriters.
Above: A farm in Unicoi County, TN
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
--John Wesley (1703-1791) minister and theologian.
A view of the steeple of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Johnson City, TN, with Buffalo Mountain in the distance.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
--William Blake (1757-1827) English Poet.
A great blue heron in its nest near Fort Patrick Henry Dam, Kingsport, TN. This nest is one of perhaps more than a dozen that I saw in this particular area. Here's your fun fact for the day: These colonies of nests are called a "rookery".
Sunday, April 14, 2013
― Brennan Manning (1934-2013) American author and priest.
I was saddened yesterday to receive news of author Brennan Manning's passing. He is best known for "The Ragamuffin Gospel," a book filled with "good news for the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out." I heard him speak at a conference a number of years ago and was struck by his unflinching honesty about his own struggles and brokenness. In all his books and talks, God's relentless grace, love and compassion for us was the theme. He wrote, “To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means.” Rather than cowering in defeat, he reminded weary and bruised pilgrims that "In Love's service, only wounded soldiers can serve." “My deepest awareness of myself," he wrote, "is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” Rest in peace, Brennan.
Click here to read his obituary.
Above image: budding tulip