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I thought of Barbara Cooney’s book Miss Rumphius last week when we found the ruins of an old house during a walk. It’s one of the most delightful picture books ever; the illustrations are beautiful and the story, inspiring.

Travel the world. Live by the sea. And make the world a beautiful place. Those are the aspirations of Alice Rumphius. And does exactly that: she travels and eventually settles down in Maine, in a house by the sea.

All that is left is to add beauty to the world, but how?

She plants lupines. She scatters seeds here, there and everywhere.

And the seeds sprout. Lupines grow in patches by the roads, by the schoolhouse, in hollows, on hills.

And they make the world a beautiful place indeed.

How will I bring beauty to the world? How will you?

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