Sill Branch Falls
“Crying is the refuge of plain women,
but the ruin of pretty ones.”
Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900
Irish playwright, novelist, poet
“As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two,
you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two.
Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth.”
Morrie Schwartz, 1916-1995
“Tuesdays with Morrie” (1997) by Mitch Albom
(Highly recommend this book. Read it a few months ago and watched the movie tonight.)
Sunset from Beauty Spot, Unaka Mountain
“Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul.
They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance,
of the briefness of our span upon this earth.
They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude
beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.”
The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”
John Lubbock, 1834-1913
English banker, politician, naturalist and archaeologist
The real Solomon’s Seal, Biltmore Estate
“Now here’s the deal with Solomon’s seal:
Two kinds of plants exist.
One is real, Some people feel,
And the other they dismiss.
‘False,’ they say, Is the way
To label this pretty flower.
But how’d they know
To name it so?
Where did they get the power?
False isn’t true, It’s a name to eschew
And give to some legislature
That can declare A name more fair,
For veritable nomenclature.”
“The Secrets of Wildflowers”