“To pay attention – this is our endless and proper work.”

– Mary Oliver

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Long before I knew it existed, I was closely adhering to this quote.

The life for an introvert, and dreamer of quiet hikes, quiet homes, quiet living. It allows me to safely turn inward, but also be completely mindful of the little details all around me. For instance, the nearing of autumn has me greeting friends both old — the family of bobwhites (slow to breed this year apparently, with only mum and dad spending their evenings with us) — and new — a bird that is perhaps a non-breeding European starling and this pious, fragile mantis.

This simple balance and its little pleasures are all I need. What about you? Can you relate, or are you the opposite?

Don’t forget to check out the week’s link love before you go, or to pay attention to the details this week… happy observing!

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • Nearly 49 million Americans struggle daily with hunger. September is Hunger Action Month — a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action. Take action and get involved in the movement to fight this very real issue!
  • Author Gretchen Rubin on the five traps to avoid when trying to change a habit.
  • Which gym stereotype is your least favorite?
  • It may be time to go on a break from cucumbers while they get their act together.
  • As temperatures cool down pasta will no doubt find its way into our meal plans more frequently, and I definitely need to put Martha’s one-pot pasta method to the test! Have you tried it?
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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