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BC: Beauty Surrounds Us

FC: The Magic of Ordinary Moments

1: The beauty around | us is meant to | serve as a source | of inspiration.

2: I was the eldest in my family and my nearest sibling was six years, two months and ten days younger to be exact. As often seems the case with the first two children in a family our personalities were quite different. I was the outdoor rough and tumble kid while my sister was content being indoors engrossed in a book. On top of these factors we lived in farming areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland and for the most part there weren’t children in the vicinity my age. So needless to say I seemed to spend a fair amount of time entertaining myself. I absolutely loved the outdoors and reveled in spending time in nature. I enjoyed observing all sorts of critters, reptiles, birds, bugs basically anything that the wide open spaces of earth provided a home for. | While I noted earlier that I would spend a good chuck of time by myself, I never felt alone. The world was teaming with life and friends and fascinating adventures. The other thing that seemed so discernible to me during those many moments in the rich verdant countryside was that everything so clearly denoted there was a God. I believe that my hobby for photography was a natural result of finding so much joy in nature and the desire to capture and savor some of these moments. As a middle aged adult I heard a poem quoted on a television show one day that immediately brought back feelings which spawned during my childhood days and have only deepened since:

3: This book, though small, is an attempt to photo showcase some beauty that I have discovered in the world and mingle that with meaningful words to create a simple inspirational piece. With love, Stevie | Where God Is He was just a little boy, on a week's first day. He was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling along the way. He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the "filler." A bird's nest in a tree over head, So wisely placed on high. Was just another wonder, that caught his eager eye. A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn; Asked him where he'd been that day, and what was going on. I've been to Bible School," he said and turned a piece of sod. He picked up a wiggly worm, replying, "I've learned a lot of God." "M'm very fine way," the neighbor said, "for a boy to spend his time." "If you'll tell me where God is, I'll give you a brand new dime." Quick as a flash the answer came! Nor were his accents faint. "I'll give you a dollar Mister, if you can tell me where God ain't! - Author Unknown

4: Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come. - William Wordsworth

5: Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. - Lord Byron | F A I T H

6: As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity. - Jean Paul

7: But unto him that keepeth my commandments I will give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life. Doctrine & Covenants 63:23

8: "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." -Author Unknown

9: Life is the flower for which love is the honey. - Victor Hugo

10: Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

12: If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. - Anne Bradstreet

13: Birds awake with a song of praise regardless of the weather. - Stevie George

14: How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. - John Burroughs | A U T U M N

16: . | The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Psalms 62:7

18: The language of friendship is not words but meanings. - Henry David Thoreau

19: I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. - Katherine Mansfield | L o v e

20: Flowers are the music of the ground From earth's lips spoken without sound. - Edwin Curran

21: Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun. - Kahlil Gibran | Earth laughs in flowers. - Henry David Thoreau

22: Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius. - Edward O. Wilson

23: Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. - John Muir

24: God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. -Martin Luther

25: T R U T H

26: The man who so walks in the light and wisdom and power of God, will at the last, by the very force of association, make the light and wisdom and power of God his own—weaving those bright rays into a chain divine, linking himself forever to God and God to him. - B. H. Roberts

27: May you always be able to behold meaning within nature's beauty!

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