Windmill  "Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic." ~ Ambrose Bierce  10849  “The earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson  Final Rest  "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come." ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet ~ Act III, scene 1, line 66.  The City  “Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.” ~ Roman Payne, Cities & Countries 
Autumn Creek  Because I could not stop for Death,  He kindly stopped for me;  The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.     We slowly drove; he knew no haste. And I had put away my labor and my leisure too, for his civility. We passed the school, where children strove at recess in the ring; We passed the fields of gazing grain; We passed the setting sun.     Or rather, he passed us; The dews grew quivering and chill, For only gossamer my gown, My tippet only tulle. We paused before a house that seemed a swelling of the ground; The roof was scarcely visible, the cornice but a mound.     Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each feels shorter than the day I first surmised the horses' heads were toward eternity." ~ "Death" By Emily Dickinson  Leader  "A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, tey will say, 'We did this ourselves.'" ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching  Children of the Past  "Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time." ~ Grace Abbott  Working Young  "The dangers of child idleness are as great or greater than the danger of child labor" ~ Quote from a NC mill owner who wished to remain nameless as reported in the Greensville, SC News, April 2, 1906 
Hidden House  "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" ~ Henry David Thoreau  Early Morn  "I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up." ~ Benjamin Franklin  Fall Painting  “Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and russet, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies.” ~ Sharon Kay Penman, Time and Chance  Barnyard  “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson 
Reflections  “Someday this upside-down world will be turned right side up. Nothing in all eternity will turn it back again. If we are wise, we will use our brief lives on earth positioning ourselves for the turn.”  ― Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions and Eternity  Serenity  “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ~ G.K. Chesterton  Sunset  “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds  23405  “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds 
The Depot  “Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.” ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind