for the love of books

THIS WEEK IN FLOWERS

 
cotton pods flower vase windowsill image by samantha spigos
dried cotton pods image by samantha spigos

“On this late January afternoon,

the sky is oyster gray, and not a breath of air stirs the bare branches.

I climb partway up a steep hill and sit

to catch my breath and retie my shoes.”

the bluebird effect by julie zickafoose image by samantha spigos

Extinction, to me, is powerlessness, inexorability, rage, and despair. Extinction is the buzzing saw that drowns out even the double rap of a powerful woodpecker. Suddenly, I have to get some air, and I turn out the lights, put on my boots and coat, and walk deep into our woods. On this late January afternoon, the sky is oyster gray, and not a breath of air stirs the bare branches. I climb partway up a steep hill and sit to catch my breath and retie my shoes.”


Julie Zickefoose, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds


+ Creating a bird-friendly yard.
+ The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 15-18, 2019! Any and all can participate.
+ Cheerup, cheerily, cheerily, and other bird mnemonics.
+ Julie Zickefoose’s (a fellow Ohioan) upcoming talks.

last time in This Week In Flowers: Mother Teresa


—S

THIS WEEK IN FLOWERS

 
this week in flowers
this week in flowers


" She smiled and pointed to the sky.

'Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ,

you're a better witness for what's beautiful.' "
 

"CJ looked around as he stepped off the bus. Crumbling sidewalks and broken-down doors, graffiti-tagged windows and boarded-up stores. He reached for his Nana's hand. 'How come it's always so dirty over here?'
She smiled and pointed to the sky. 'Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful.' CJ saw the perfect rainbow arcing over their soup kitchen. He wondered how nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look. "

— An excerpt from Last Stop On Market Streetby Matt de la Peña


+ "Grandmothers can help shape the way children view the world." Amen.
+ Find the book near you; or, gently used; or, from my favorite independent bookseller. (What's yours?)

This Week in Flowers is a series where I combine my love of arranging fresh flowers with my love of books. It is a simple way to share with you what's in season around me, and what words I'm finding particularly inspiring. What books do you love that I ought to know about? 

last time in This Week In Flowers: Walking With the Wind


—S