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Back a few weeks ago when the acorns first began to fall, my husband and son found this perfect one and brought it in to show me.  I began to play around with my camera to see if I might capture a bit of its beauty and perfection.  Well, perhaps I didn’t get the photo that I was looking for, but when I examined this shot and noticed the shadow, it immediately gave me comfort.

Much like the way the shadow is larger than life for the acorn, I know that God is ever-present and larger than can be imagined!   afs


“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.”     ~Victor Hugo




Everyday Eclecticism turns one today!  Blogging has been a wonderful experience.  I’ve met new friends, gained much knowledge, and had a great time.  I started out with a goal of posting a photo a day.  Although the rigors of everyday life have occasionally prevented me from adhering perfectly to this goal, I have been able to share more than 450 photos in 317 posts since the 23rd of August, 2008.  Doesn’t that ‘technically’ mean that I surpassed my goal?  I’d like to think so!  🙂

To celebrate this FIRST BLOGIVERSARY, I’m sharing the first photo I posted on August 23, 2008, and several other of my favorites from the past year. You can see all my photos by visiting the archives to the left.   afs










I stumbled upon an old pear tree on Saturday evening as I roamed around between dinner and fireworks.  This photo of one of the pears on the tree makes me think of one of my favorite movies, “City of Angel’s”.  Of course I’m thinking of the scene where Seth (played by Nicolas Cage) and Maggie (played by Meg Ryan) are in a produce stand and he asks her about the taste of a pear.  Sadly, it’s the scene that causes the movie to end in such a tragic way.

Seth: What’s that like? What’s it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.
Maggie Rice: Well, it tastes like a pear. You don’t know what a pear tastes like?
Seth: I don’t know what a pear tastes like to you.
Maggie Rice: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How’s that? Seth: It’s perfect.

City of Angels has many scenes that I adore and thinking of it now makes me want to watch it.  I think I might just find the old video, dust it off and enjoy it once again today.  After all, it is my birthday.   afs


Like the camellia petal from yesterday, this is a fallen limb from a huge old sweetgum tree in our back yard.  I was intriqued by the texture of the limb.  You can clearly see the delineation of the rings.  I’ve most often seen tree rings when a limb has been cut smooth with a saw, so the extra texture from having been broken was really different and easily caught my attention.     afs


Although Arbor Day is still a month away, I found this tree photo from last year that appealed to me for today’s post.  Look at the natural beauty of this evergreen tree.  It’s  form, shape, and color combine to make it special.  How absolutely lovely!

Today’s post is packed with many special wishes for you to have a wonderful day.  Remember to take time to breathe deeply and to enjoy the beauty that God has created around you.  afs


Today’s photo offers a taste of Spring to match this beautiful day.  These blossoms from a Bradford Pear in my neighbors yard are long gone now thanks to the frost and snow.  This was taken last month on another Spring-like day.  Now that they’re gone, I’m glad that I trespassed and photographed them, capturing their beauty to enjoy time after time.   afs

These trees, shining in the light of the setting sun, and the tilted way in which they grow make for a lovely abstract, don’t you think?  Photographed at Clemson University.   afs


 Thanks to my husband James, today’s guest photographer.  He really has a good eye.  He noticed that this tree in our backyard has a knot-hole shaped like a perfect heart, and that the shadows of the vine leaves also made hearts and he snapped it for me.  I knew immediately that it would be my photo post for February 14.  My wish for you all is that you get to spend some quality time today with those that you love!    afs



Today we honor the Reverand Martin Luther King Jr. who shared with us his passion for equality and peace, and who taught us to judge others not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  He valued love over hate and hope over dispair.  He painted a picture of a world in which we would all live together in harmony.

It’s a beautiful picture.  After all, we do all live underneath the same sky.

Below are a few of Rev. King’s quotes followed by a favorite song that’s been getting lots of play on my iPod since the holidays.   afs


I’d like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King tried to give his life serving others. I’d like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind.”   MLKjr

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”    MLKjr

 “As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” MLKjr

“Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.”   MLKjr


Let There Be Peace on Earth 

Let there be peace on earth,
and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on Earth,
the peace that was meant to be.

With God as our Father,
brothers all are we,
Let me walk with my brother,
in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me,
let this be the moment now.
With every step I take,
let this be my solemn vow,

To take each moment and live each moment
in peace, eternally.
Let there be Peace on Earth,
and let it begin with me.

Words and Music by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, Circa 1955 


Live thy life,

Young and old,

Like yon oak,

Bright in spring,

Living Gold;


Then; and then,


Soberer hued

Gold again.

All his leaves

Fall’n at length,

Look, he stands,

Trunk and bough,

Naked strength.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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