Dragonflies have been showing up around our home a lot, lately -- but they're really zippy little buggers, making them difficult to photograph. Today, however, while I was outside talking with a neighbour, one landed on a branch nearby -- and didn't move as I got close. As it happened, I had my camera with me.

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During a recent e-mail exchange with my friend Kelly Rae, she sent me the following quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

'The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now'.

I've been thinking about this all day. Though I'm afraid to say this out loud for fear of jinxing things, I suspect she's right.

Song: New Beginning, by Tracey Chapman