Shining and willing

April 6, 2004

spring sprang
The trees in my backyard are in full bloom.

“All my life — so far — I have loved best how the flowers rise and open, how
the pink lungs of their bodies enter the fore of the world and stand there shining and willing…”

–Mary Oliver


  1. penelope says:

    So beautiful! The new illustration and the flower. Ah, spring.

  2. lorelei says:

    so pretty! what a perfect flower.

  3. crissy says:

    “woah! aaahhhh!” {smile}
    that was me a second ago, when your new image loaded! yeah spring! {sigh… LA is ahead of brooklyn… it’s still cold and windy here… but sunny!}

  4. Chrishawn says:

    Wow! Beautiful flower! I love spring. Nice illustration, too.

  5. stella says:

    oh girl your flowers are as lovely as the ones in the backyard. may this spring be as wonderful as your imagination!

  6. lucia says:

    isn’t spring wonderful! a time of rebirth! i wish there was a “smell here” button on your website so i could get a taste of the fragance of spring.

  7. Katie says:

    Oh, what a lovely new illustration!

  8. Gracey says:

    Oh Spring, the flowers are blooming again!

    Wish it would feel Spring-y here in the cold wet Netherlands. The wind had been enjoying its big full blows lately.

    The layout is cute. ^_^

  9. tracy says:

    i love the new watercolor. such wonderful colors! gorgeous!

  10. tracy says:

    i love the new watercolor. such wonderful colors! gorgeous!

  11. the stinkowitz says:

    holy mackeral! the new tree is gorgeous. so is your short, short hair.

  12. Rubber-Sol says:

    Great new illustration! Spring must have really sprung. Yeah Spring! :)

  13. Brandi says:

    Thats absolutely beautiful!

  14. jenny says:

    all this newness and beauty of life is so encouraging and makes my heart mega ultra happy. i thank you a million times over.

  15. ronnie says:

    Woah, did you know that you and Matthew Haughey had practically the same picture posted within two days of each other? It’s spring everywhere!

  16. josie says:

    oh, such a pretty new layout… and the flower…

  17. Andrea says:

    I love your new layout. You are so lucky to have spring right now. Where I live in Eastern Canada, the snow is still falling. But the smell of spring is slowly creeping in. I love your site.

  18. rachael says:

    I love the new illustration & I’m so glad spring is finally here. :)

  19. bluepoppy says:

    Yum! In your backyard?!! La vache!

  20. devlyn says:

    thank g-d for spring. without it, i don’t know if i could make it through another depressing winter. you rock the party that rocks the party, christine.

  21. lisa says:

    it just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter around here dollface.

  22. emily says:

    Oooh, I love the new painting!

  23. Jennifer says:

    Wow, I love the quote. Flowers have always seemed so vulnerable to me.

  24. lisa klar says:

    i love the flower coz it means so much to me. i just made a wish and hope that it might come true

  25. kali shanti says:

    the new illustration is lovely and brings in spring right off the computer. beautiful.

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