winter forest
I have always loved Winter. 

In the context of St. Patrick's Day, I celebrate Ireland's beauty, the great contributions it has made to history, to spirituality, to music and to culture.

Winter bench

Winter is such a beautiful season. Yes it has its challenges, but then too, it has so much wonder - so much to enjoy, to discover.

The Seasons come and go. Christmas is past. We lean into a New Year.

For those of us where the weather can be cold and intemperate, there is still much to love, much to do...

Glendalough woods, Ireland

95 % of the videos and pics in this movie were created by me - along with the theme score: 'Killaveny.' The tune title is named after the Irish townland in Co Wicklow, Ireland - home of my Willough

Morning Dew on Grasses

We are all inspired at times. By someone. By something.

I used to like Winter.

There is beauty in the pain, 
And brilliance borders the insane,      
No night can stop the breaking dawn 
Nor rivers dammed from flowing on. 

bluebells and fence

Now Spring beckons to us,
The grass and the green,
New buds and small flowers
Are making the scene.

There’s something about being in ‘the great outdoors,' in the cathedrals of the forest, immersed in the speading scenes and vast vistas.

We have so much for which to thank our God.

Thanksgiving could be thanks-living, each and every day.

Once again autumn has come to us. It is sheer gift. There is a moral aspect to it (as you will note below).  I am always somewhat somber and sad as fall days unfold.

Before his untimely death a few years ago, Irish writer and philosopher John O’Donohue wrote a book entitled ‘Divine Beauty.’ In his opening chapter he said something very true, that I’d not consid

parish window stained glass

I love the hobby of stained-glass making and I have pursued it on occasion.

Sir Isaac Newton was one of the greatest geniuses of all time with his work in mathematics, physics and astronomy laying the foundations of much of modern science.

A very technical magazine included a drawing of a sunflower seed pattern, with drawings illustrating a complex engineering principle.

Seeing in Believing

pink flowers

 John O'Donohue was an Irish poet and philosopher. His book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend" (paperback, 1998) has been very well received and I too have found it very helpful.

The Blue Ball

blown glass, blue ball

Have you seen the glass bell? Well, this is the glass ball - and it too is gorgeous.

The Glass Bell

blown glass bell

The art and creativity of some folk is just astounding, at least to me.

Music of the Spheres

two glass balls

Beautiful glad bulb balls, hand blown and on display at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

Butterfly Trophies

The Modern Age led people to organize, and analyze, in this case to chloroform butteryfly beauty and pin it on white-board (complete with frame) - and give it a Latin name.

pink flowers

My son shared with me a book that I found difficult to put down. It’s called Shantaram and I’ve found in it all kinds of ‘wisdom.’ The author is Gregory David Roberts (published by St.

Stained glass, Glasgow museum

As with most great books and authors, one can re-read them with new insight and increased profit time and again.

Things We Carry

ox cart

An old cart in vieux Montreal reminds me that we carry with us, in our hearts, things that are colourful and beautiful, that live with us still.

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