"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simply beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
*above image from our stay in latvia last summer. this exact time last summer we were in that beautiful country and I miss it so. ironically, I just discovered that the angelic, white blossoming tree in our home garden is mock orange; the same flooded the gardens in latvia and is pictured above. anne's words above resonate deeply within right now, and the comfort of revisiting the chillingly passionate scent that is mock orange, has me consoled in a way I really almost can't explain. I will share the following however, nature has indeed brought a solace in troubles that have been nearly unendurable. While my mother's body wanes itself closer and closer to it's final rest, the chiming chirps, the rhythmic tango of long, early summer shadows, the temper of dusk, and the dawn over the apples trees that now have these tiny little apples that are sweetened if even just a little with each sun's rising… they all offer these kind kisses that calm in a way nothing and no one else can. and with that, I know in certainty that "there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be."
7 links: (because 3 is too little, 5 is too neat and 10 is too many)
1. Fieldwork Flowers. ooh. la. la. 2. Are you someone who battles with anxiety? I've battled with it since I was very small, and now in the midst of life trials I've started with full panic attacks. Besides the mental and emotional helplessness that accompanies anxiety and panic attacks, I started experiencing the associated back pain that can be debilitating. This article was of so, so, so much help + the questionnaire was very interesting to do. 3. Also an interesting article on stress. (No duh, we all need to slow down, but I liked the simple explanations for common stress symptoms.) 4. One of my best gal pals is now working with Molly of Molly Moon's ice cream. Have you ever checked out their website and blog? They are really up to great, great stuff besides just their locally sourced ingredients and delectable ice cream! 5. Sharing Cultural Jewels via Instagram. Wow, Instagram is truly such a 'thing' now. 6. This haircut I do not think I could pull off. The outfit however, yes. Yes, please. 7. This recipe.
*above image photographed in brooklyn a few years ago; local nectarines purchased at the union square green market.