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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Art is Like...

I once worked with a nurse who had an interesting career path.

She was a licensed cosmetologist.

She had a music degree.

In her mid-forties she became a RN.

I was one of her nurse preceptors.

I taught her how to swim not sink in the hospital unit we worked on and she taught me about art.

She was a member of a community theatre group and I loved to attend the plays she acted in.

She once told me that art is like flowers on the table.

She said we may not need or always have flowers on the table but flowers fill out and complete the table just like art enriches our lives.

I have never forgotten her analogy.

Hi V. where ever you are!


{This is the forsythia hedge at the yellow house blooming now}

I am linking to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.

grace surrounds us


  1. Beautiful photos of the forsythia. Really does bring a touch of spring into the home, and I agree with your friend - flowers do look lovely on a table. We are just starting to get the tulips and daffodils in the shops over here in England, and they really do brighten the heart.

  2. I love that analogy and am extremely grateful for your beautiful photos as I watch the snow fall here...there is hope!
    P.S. Think I'll go out and buy myself some flowers for the table today. :)

  3. Hi Olive, so beautiful!... I love your Forsythia and it looks so pretty in that pitcher... I hope "V" is reading this!... xoxo Julie Marie

  4. Olive,
    That is a lovely table runner. And I love forsythia. I used to bring it in so it would bloom early, but the cats have pretty much put an end to that.
    Anyways, yours looks lovely, indoors and out!
    You're way ahead of us, though Tuesday's 8 inches of snow is gone and the birds have been singing merrily for a couple of weeks.

  5. The pitcher and Forsythia look lovely! Ours is blooming too! Love Spring's flowers!

  6. I love forsythia. Just planted four bushes of it last year and am anxiously awaiting the flowers this year.

    BTW, I have a sweet gum tree too. I never knew what it was called, but it has those spiky little balls on it, so I guess that's what it is. They sort of hurt to step on in your bare feet.

  7. Isn't it great when lovely people cross our paths and enrich our lives so much! I love the forsythia on the table - a sure sign that Spring is on it's way!

  8. Lovin' your friend's analogy! No blooms in Philly yet, but you can tell it won't be too long now-enjoy:@)

  9. Wow, what a full life she must have with so much talent. I love your runner!

  10. Oh this is perfect and your flowers are outstanding. I so agree with your friend. She sounds like the neatest lady. Thanks also for linking up. Hugs, Marty

  11. Signs of spring! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Olive, what a wonderful analogy indeed. How special that she inspired you as you were helping her adjust to her new profession. I love Forsythia, it reminds me of my childhood. It was always the first bush to bloom in spring. Ann

  13. It's so beautiful, and so true.

  14. A lovely post the forsythia. I have some vintage dishes with forsythia on them...I need to plant me some for my table :)


  15. I love her thought process Olive...I would have to agree with it!~ XO

  16. Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments. I so agree with the flowers on the table. I cut flowers most of the year when I can. My naughty kitty likes to tip over the vases though.

  17. Great analogy and the jug of forsythia on the table looks lovely.

  18. NO WAY is there somewhere in the World that has blooming flowers??? ~ Hopefull from Snowy Wisconsin - and MORE is coming today and tonight!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  19. Hi Olive!
    Your table runner is beautiful! But, I really love the outlook of your friend. What a great way to enjoy life!

  20. Wonderful analogy. True art makes the world a better place. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. We are so far from our forsythia Olive...thanks for the preview!

  22. Beautiful Olive. Our Forsythia hasn't bloomed yet. I can't wait! It looks beautiful in your white pitcher, and that runner is beautiful too. laurie

  23. Olive what a lovely analogy and the forsythia are stunning!

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    Art by Karena

  24. You must be a lttle bit ahead weather-wise. Our forsythia is just on the verge of flowering but not quite there. I inspect daily!!!

    I love your friend's analogy about art. I'll try and remember that.


  25. That was a great analogy, Olive. I just came from the garden, cleaning out the leaves and I just took a picture of the forsythia that is also blooming. Your photos are beautiful...Christine

  26. That really is well put, and a memorable thought. I love fosythia too.

  27. from one nurse to another.....I love your forsthyia and your story. Makes me think of all those I precepted over the years!

  28. What a lovely post Miss Olive-
    your friend and colleague's analogy is perfect.

    You blog looks wonderful!

    White Spray Paint

  29. One of the many things I miss about living on the east coast is the forsythia in bloom, it was a sure sign of spring. Beautiful.
    I love your friend's analogy, and oh so true.
    Thank you, Olive.

  30. All this forced forsythia on blogs is killing me. I love huge buckets of the stuff and miss it terribly. It can be grown here briefly but usually dies off within g a year, so after several attempts I gave up. : (



  31. Hi Olive, Our previous house had Forsythia bushes and I loved to bring the cut branches indoors. Love your story.

  32. I love her analogy too. It's funny how people touch our lives. Today I bumped into someone I worked with over 18 years ago. When I tried to explain to my children who I bumped into, I relayed one of the many stories he had told me and I thereafter told my children, on more than one occasion.

    Love your photography.

    - The Tablescaper


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