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This quote from Alain de Button, The Architecture of Happiness, helps to explain the fact that we often never notice that one lone daffodil bravely emerging from the cold ground unless we’re needing reassurance during problematic times.

Speaking of problematic times, I’ve had my share of them the last couple of weeks. I promise to get back to blogging before the weekend. Thanks for understanding that life itself sometimes gets in our way.

Beauty from Harvey

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Volunteer leads the way

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Woman and baby rescued from freeway

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Whoever needs help, gets it from whomever is available

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Fifteen-year-olds using dad’s boat and their energy to help neighbors

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This man and his boat were busy all day helping anyone needing to be rescued

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A flotilla of volunteers working during the rain to help neighbors and strangers

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Some came from Louisiana and some from Waco, Texas to spend their time, money, energy, and equipment to save the lives of strangers.

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Using whatever you can find to do the job at hand

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US Coast Guard coming inland to offer their services

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Pets are not left either

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Look closely – this is a cattle drive through town to pasture on higher ground

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Life is always more important than mere possessions

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Even beer companies shut down the usual production lines to produce free cans of drinking water to send to the flood areas in a far away state

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After twelve frantic hours of rescuing scared, stranded people, you rest wherever and whenever you can find a spot

 

 

“Everything Is Beautiful, in Its’ Own Way”

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.

I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.” 653ce210d685f03c70a44dcebebca315

Henri Poincaré, Science and Method