congrats to my youngest daughter's rowing team at smith college: they will be competing in the ncaa rowing championship races! good luck to you!!
click here for more info
“there are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. the funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. one thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
-- michael jordan
after the rain
my daughter graduates from the univeristy of north carolina at chapel hill congratulations! way to go !
-- the world needs dreamers and the world needs doers; above all, the world needs dreamers who do."
-- sarah ban breathnach
public service scholar award tassel- my daughter graduates sunday from unc-ch! she was among 170 students in her graduating class honored for their public service work while in school- together they volunteered 78,176 hours for the greater community.
bad hair day for baileyboy !
"a person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. he taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight..."
-- john grogan, marley and me
one of many gorgeous trees on campus before the thunderstorm
"everything flows, nothing stays still."
hand-made belts at the MomArt show
"a rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
-- antoine de saint-exupery
"to do the useful thing,
to say the courageous thing,
to contemplate the beautiful thing:
that is enough for one man's life.
-- t.s. elliot
musician on franklin street
"music is the poetry of the air."
in memory of kristy- a vivacious, compassionate, articulate, young mother and my dear friend who fought a brave battle with cancer and passed into the spiritual realms wednesday.
"deep peace of the running wave to you.
deep peace of the flowing air to you.
deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
deep peace of the shining stars to you.
deep peace of the infinite peace to you."
-- adapted from - under a dark star by fiona macleod
"everything should be made as simple as possible... but not simpler."
students gather by the old well on the last day of classes
"the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
-- eleanor roosevelt
happy birthday to me!
"live mindful of how brief your life is."
pink dogwood on campus
"for, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth."
-- song of solomon, 2:11-12
went on the greenhomes tour. this is a "high efficiency, zoned-bypass air conditioning system" the house also has radiant heat concrete floors with solar water heater, roof garden, high efficiency windows, and 12" thick spray foam insulation... not looking to buy, just for some ideas...
"home wasn't built in a day."
-- jane ace
ready to be planted soon
"we should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes."
-- john f. kennedy
came upon this bride-to-be waiting for her photographer and she willingly posed for my shot-on-the-fly
"the passing moment is all we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it."
-- w. somerset maugham
"if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
-- percy bysshe shelley
redbuds under cloudy skies
"to those who shall sit here rejoicing, and to those who shall sit here lamenting, greetings and sympathy. so have we done in our time."
-- bench inscription, cornell university
"love the moment and the energy of the mmoment will spread beyond all boundaries."
-- corita kent
another great day at the beach!
"life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments."
-- rose kennedy
a quick trip to my mom's to celebrate my brother's birthday. also made it to the beach where it was truly a glorious day!
"the cure for anything is salt water -
sweat, tears, or the sea."
-- isak dinesen
long-time friends reconnecting after many years apart
"it takes a long time to grow an old friend."
-- john leonard
the fellow on the right is jim lauderdale, a well-respected musician here for a local music festival:: http://www.jimlauderdale.com/ and on the left is henry walker, a teacher at the carolina friends school
"gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul".
-- henry ward beecher
dogwood and azaleas- unc arboretum
"we should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
-- albert schweitzer
mild spring rain most of the day
"yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
to-day the glint of green is there;
tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
no miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!"
"flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity."
-- john ruskin
easter sunrise on the beach- in memory of my sister linda
"... thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven..."
-- the lord's prayer
made a quick trip to the beach and found wonderfully warm weather!
"gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others."
art after dark at the ackland art museum-- live music and screening of the documentary film "mountain top removal" -- for more info on the evening click here
"music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
-- berthold auerbach
the tulips are up!
"life is sacred. life is art. life is sacred art."
-- gabrielle roth
dogwoods adorn the neighborhoods abundantly!
"'tis my faith that every flower
enjoys the air it breathes!"
-- william wordsworth
and the tar heels won the ncaa national championship!! I watched on my little b&w tv- seen here after the win is tyler hansbrough and ty lawson- an amazingly powrful duo and wonderful to watch on the court!
for a cool time lapse of the post-game celebration on franklin street- click here:
"we had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened."
-- mark twain, huckleberry finn
"the same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. it is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into the numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumulteous waves of flowers."
-- rabindranath tagore
actually another photo from yesterday's trip to the beach- the waves were tumulteous!
"we are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are."
-- tobias wolff
a morning at the beach - fog and rough surf didn't deter these girls- and a ray of sun finds them as they play.
"a sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life."
-- isadora james
go carolina tar heels!! this was taken last night - technically after midnight, so I am posting it for today. watched on my little black and white tv set-- and how sweet ii is! we are on to the "elite eight..."
"to win, you've got to put the ball in the macramé."
-- terry mcguire
At an auction to raise funds to restore the Chapel Hill murals- Ernest Dollar, Director of Preservation Society of Chapel Hill - www.chapelhillpreservation.com- and Michael Brown, mural artist. Already two murals have been restored.
To see my gallery documenting the city's murals, click here
"Little by little, one travels far."
-- J. R. R. Tolkien
All photos and videos -- Copyright 2016 Laura Shmania