The Lowly Dandelion

Yes, most people consider the "Daisy-dine" (as my youngest son called them so may years ago) a pesky weed...

Yes, most people consider the “Daisy-dine” (as my youngest son called them so many years ago) a pesky weed…

...any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one...

…any loving mother, whose toddler has presented her with even just one…

...will feel she's received the most beautiful flower in the world!

…will feel she’s received the most beautiful flower in the world!

I know I did!!!

I know I did!!!

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In Memoriam

Martin Richard, Age 8 Photo courtesy CNN, but reworked in Photoshop (TM)

Martin Richard, Age 8
Photo courtesy CNN, but reworked in Photoshop (TM)

One child

would not awake

to the brilliant Spring day

with thoughts of fun in the park

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He now sleeps

the longest slumber…

never again to run

never to make his mark

Copyright 2013  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

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Please…as Martin’s mother suffered a brain injury, and his sister lost a leg, remember this entire family in your prayers and thoughts.

Thank you.

A promise made…

…is a promise kept.

I have no idea who the author of that quote might be, but I made a promise the other day to a very shy little girl named Ellen and her mom:

If I was allowed to photograph Ellen’s favorite toy, I would post the photo on my blog.

Here he is…ISAAC, the bunny!

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Cute, isn’t he?  Isaac looks well-loved, too!

Mom told me the story of how Isaac got his name:

It seems Ellen, who’s probably three years old, was watching a video of a Bible story one day and found that “Isaac” means “laughter”, so she named her bunny accordingly.

Isaac sure brings a smile to my face…how about yours?

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Since this was post #1,100, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and the 1,099 posts which came before!

They’re chock full of Vitamin C…

…but don’t plan on using them unless you know for a fact they haven’t been sprayed with any type of insecticide!

Rose Hips-1

From Wikipedia:

The rose hip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.

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During World War II, the people of Britain were encouraged through letters to The Times newspaper, articles in the British Medical Journal, and pamphlets produced by Claire Loewenfeld, a dietitian working for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, to gather wild-grown rose hips and to make a vitamin C syrup for children. This was because German submarines were sinking many commercial ships: citrus fruits from the tropics were very difficult to import.

Rose hips are (also)  used to help prevent colds and influenza.

You can read the entire article here.

In light of today’s most terrible tragedy…

…at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, it would be tasteless to post any Christmas photos.

Instead, I ask you all to take a moment and pray (whether you do that normally or not) for all the families who, through no fault of their own, are having to experience the loss of loved ones…especially those who have lost children, the most horrific ordeal any parent must face.

My sadness is nothing when compared to theirs.

Abandoned

There are four little spaces…

…about three feet wide in Macy’s (the former Marshall Field’s) Washington Street display windows.  They all advertise Holiday Lane on the 6th floor, which I hope to visit tomorrow, and each window has a different theme!

Macy's Holiday Lane Windows-1

Angels and Polar Bears and Snowmen…Oh, Brrr!

Macy's Holiday Lane Windows-2

Almost every Santa you can imagine…and Mrs Claus, too!

Macy's Holiday Lane Windows-3

Little Children love Comical Bears and a Jack-in-the-Box!

Macy's Holiday Lane Windows-4

Every kind of Nutcracker, a Drummer Bear, and Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and, of course, the Tin Man, too!

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Shortly, I’ll have more from Macy’s, including the huge, forty-five foot tree in the Walnut Room, a tradition begun in 1899 by Marshall Field’s.