Amazing Treasure

Mary’s Monday Musings Amazing Treasure Funerals spawn a vast span of emotions. Two close together funerals kept my emotions spinning at a dizzy pace. Sorrow at the loss of loved ones was balanced by delight at meeting family members I hadn’t seen since they were little children. What fun to enjoy conversation with these charming

Angel Tree

Mary’s Monday Morning Musings to Quilt Encouragement Angel Tree The difficulty of finding a parking place hinted that this wasn’t just a well advertised pretty tree, but a sight worthy of going out our way to enjoy. The Live Oak tree, probably at least four hundred years old, was huge. It’s immense branches spread around

Old Treasure

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement An Old Treasure Somewhere around 1,400 BC, Moses wrote the first five books of our Bible. Ponder how  long ago that was. Think what a remarkable miracle occurred time and again when the words were copied and preserved over the centuries. Since the beginning of time, men have pondered


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Weddings Weddings are wonderful. New love, endless possibilities, lovely pagentry. In addition, a wedding offers an opportunity to expand one’s love bank. Two families gather to celebrate a union. Two families who can choose to discover the talents, and the admirable qualities of the other family members. That choice


Mary’s Monday Musing to Quilt Encouragement Strength   The tree made me stop on my walk toward the garden at the plantation of Montpelier in Virginia. It’s impressive size and breadth drew me to read the sign under it. A Cedar of Lebanon given to James Madison by France and the Marquis De Lafayette. We

Bringing out the Best

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Bringing out the Best The TV scenes challenged my mind as I tried to comprehend the misery of what I saw—endless pictures of water deep enough to cover the roofs of houses and miles of roads, lawns and houses totally under water. Yet magnificence volunteers poured in to form


Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Eclipse             Wasn’t it fun to enjoy a spectacular event in our solar system and know that thousands of Americans were also enjoying the eclipse as it moved across the nation? There was a sense of unity as we shared glasses and watched the marvel of the moon blocking

One Plus One Doubles Work

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement One Plus One Doubles Work They are beautiful, sweet, and tiny. How delightful to meet the first set of twins born into our family. Those little girls give us twice as much to enjoy and rejoice over—and twice as many diapers and feedings! It seems as if the parents

Details Matter

Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Details Matter We laughed when we entered our motel room. Of all the little touches to greet a customer, we had never before been treated to a tissue rose formed with the end of the paper roll in a bathroom. Some creative person went the extra mile to make

Pick Yourself Up

  Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement Pick Yourself Up The one year old was just learning to walk several steps at a time when she visited the beach. There the sand shifted under her little feet, and she plopped down over and over again.  But because of the delight of independent mobility she pushed