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Beautiful in its simplicity

Shadowsonsteps Late afternoon sun / April 2010

She was never unkind. (A comment that I read last week about the actress Elizabeth Taylor; and, I thought, a much nicer thing than being called “hollywood royalty”)

“There is nothing that the world needs more, and nothing else that leaves more real and far-reaching good in human lives. ...

Kindness is beautiful. It is beautiful in its simplicity.”

~ J.R. Miller in Beauty of Kindness, 1905

My form 1040 is on lily white paper

YourbrainontaxesThis is what your brain feels like while reading through the maze of "ten-forty-anna"

Tax Return Instructions Haiku:

Income from sources
both legal and illegal
is subject to tax

~ Exact phrase from 2010 Form NJ-1040 Line-By-Line Instructions for "Line 25 - Other"; page 28

(Really? I can't believe it actually says this. Does New Jersey condone illegal income? Can you shed some light Mr. Christie?)

Most poetical

Irishguitarplayer The guitar keeps the rhythm / Aug. 2008

“The Irish Folk Song, probably the most human, most varied, most poetical, and most imaginative in the world, is just being discovered—a richer collection of folk melodies does not belong to any country than to the Emerald Isle.”

~ from School music, Volumes 9-10, published by the Music Education Dept. of the National Education Association of the United States in 1908

Small beginnings

Thrivetoday Prayer flag flutters in the afternoon sun / 2011

“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.”

~ The Art of Non-Conformity

They fall from the clouds

Firstgrowth Be like the rabbits and tiger lilies -- keep on moving / March 2010

“But who wrote these lovely songs?” asked Elizabeth. . . . 
Reinhardt said: “They are not made at all; they grow, they fall from the clouds, they fly over the country like gossamer, here and there, and are sung at a thousand places at once. We find our very own doings and sorrows in these songs. It seems as if we had all helped to make them.”

~ Theodore Storm in Immensee

That smell of frying dough

Frogs_recipe The rest of the recipe is: drop by spoonfuls into hot oil, remove to drain on brown paper, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

My mother always made "Frogs" for Shrove/Fat Tuesday; so-called because the bits of batter that spread out from the main ball of dough look like frog's legs. We loved them and that distinctive smell of hot oil and dough. My mother remembers her grandmother making a similar type of fried dough.

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