“To Be….Most Perfectly Alive!”

Cindy’s title tugged at my heart and I went back for another read. Enjoy.

Sunflower and friend.


“For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.” DH Lawrence

Lily of the Nile

“The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.” Honore De Balzac

St. John’s Wort

“I have lost my smile, but don’t worry. The dandelion has it.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Red Coneflower

“There are no flowers in the Moon; that’s why the Moon is a boring place!” Mehmet Murat ildan

Morning Glory

“The sun shone through them, revealing a pattern of interlacing, delicate blue veins, visible through the opaque petals; this added something alive to the flower’s fragility, to it’s ethereal quality, something almost human, in the way that human can mean frailty and endurance both at the same time.” Irene Nemirovsky


“How right it is…

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About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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28 Responses to “To Be….Most Perfectly Alive!”

  1. cindy knoke says:

    WOW Sheri! Thank you so much for your kindness. It is deeply appreciated~

  2. Kavita Joshi says:

    beautiful work Sheri..loved to see this pic to start my day dear 🙂

  3. windhound says:

    Beautiful thoughts about life and flowers. So pleased to meet you through your discovery of dragonshades and many thanks for the Follow. All my work is inspired by Nature and I love to post pictures that show the many realities that make up our world. My garden comprises the wild and semi-wild and much of the pleasure is derived from the unexpected gifts that arrive on the wind or as a result of a visit from a passing bird! I am sure you will continue to find ways to interact with and delight in your garden. You are always welcome to browse through my world of light and colour.

  4. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for sharing. The flowers are beautiful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  6. Sheri, you are one of our favorite networking friends and we’ve missed your site and posts, while off line working on our book. Although it’s finally out, it’s been hard for us not to keep up with our dear friends and their blogs. Thank you for your support during this time. Now, as for your post or reblog; it was nothing short of spectacular. Those pictures, coupled with the quotes were the right mix of two arts coming together to create one flawless thing of beauty. I suppose it plays to our artistic nature and feeds our soul, because we stayed on your site just admiring them. Funny, the simple things in life, that most overlook, while on their journey usually tend to be the greatest. We will be sharing this blessed gift with all of our networking friends and plan on spending sometime on your site these next few days to catch up with your posts which were sorely missed.

    • Ginger and Natalie – How wonderful to see you both again. Congratulations on your hard work paying off and I’ll be looking for your book. I well understand how we all must reprioritize from time to time in order to make our lives work. Sheri

  7. I miss gardening and makes me happy to see others grow such heavenly gifts!

    • Deborah – I also love gardening and my neurologist has told me I must cut back my gardening time by 2/3. I walk among my flowers and weep. I’ve already given up much of the time I spend working in the garden. I love the feel of the earth, getting just the right combination of plants and on and on. Some have suggested I have someone dig up the plants and allow the ground to return to grass. There’s not a chance that will happen. I’ll allow the plants to return to the earth in their own time with their dignity and beauty held together with God’s blessing.

      • Sheri, my heart aches for you. I took up pot gardening, my caregiver adds the dirt and the rest is easier ~ would that help you hon?

        • I’ve been pondering your suggestion ever since I read it yesterday or the day before – don’t remember exactly when. I have large plants in pots and of course smaller decorative planters but in walking through my back garden tonight – my walk was a little happier thanks to you. I love my wildflowers and I don’t see why I can’t plant seeds in large containers and then I won’t have to worry about the weeding, etc. I simply cannot give up playing in the dirt. Well, I could but I don’t want to do it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. Thanks for the beauty break. Loved the quotes too.

  9. Sheri, how I envy you for finding gardening peaceful … I am not one who likes to dig in dirt. Still I love your photographs and I love enjoying the beautiful landscapes Nature provides. I still won’t plant a daisy or a tomatoe 🙂 Love this post !

    • Hi Florence – I wish I could claim the photographs but they belong to Cindy Knots. She’s a wonderful photographer. My photos are simple but taken with much love. I was 40 before I discovered how much I loved developing gardens and watching the wildlife come and make their home in the habitat I created in an urban environment. For me, there’s something oh so relaxing about having a pair of clippers in one hand and a shovel in the other.

  10. I love looking at pictures of flowers and finding out their names. I am completely ignorant of anything but a rose.

  11. Mae Clair says:

    Beautiful and uplifting. Thanks for sharing, Sheri 🙂

  12. I’m so glad you like it. My world has been a little upside down and the beautiful flowers were just what I needed. Cindy has an amazing background and now that she’s retired young – every adventure seems to be another mountain challenging her. Thank you, as always, for reading with me.

  13. Beautiful flowers, giving her a follow right now. Thanks for the post!

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