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Grapefruit

Here’s an odd one, but so wonderful (in my opinion).

I love grapefruit. They are so incredibly tasty, juicy and wonderful. I esspecially love the smell of pink grapefruit. It makes me happy.

What inspires this? I happened to be walking through the mall the other day looking for a barber when I discovered that Bath and Body Works was having a mega sale. I love good smells, so I went in to see if I could find something nice but not girly. I came out with grapefruit-scented soap. Just using it gives me an extra moment of pleasure each day.

Another great way to get your grapefruit fix: Jelly Bellies:

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This is the first post on my new blog, and so I feel obligated to explain myself and state my reasons for creating a blog in the first place.

My dad had suggested that I begin a blog for some time, but I felt that I had nothing to contribute. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of blogging pure noise. Without a purpose, I felt no need to blog.

Then, one day while in China, I discovered an amazing collection of photos at wunderground.com. One user in particular had incredible photos from Jordan, in the Middle East. He said that his purpose in taking and posting those photographs was to find beauty in the troubled Middle East and show it to everyone. I wanted to share with someone. Yet, being alone in China, there was nobody to share it with.

And I thought that young photographer’s goal was a worthy one, to find beauty and share it with everyone. As I sat there, inspired and glowing with my new discovery, but without someone else to light on fire, I realized I wanted to start this blog.

My purpose with this blog is to share the best, the brightest, and the most incredible of the good things on Earth. Whenever I find anything enlightening or uplifting, whenever I find something that inspires me to be something better, I’ll post it here for everyone to enjoy.

The name for my blog, “All Things Bright and Beautiful” comes from Cecil Alexander’s poem, which has become a popular Christian hymn, which describes my purpose beautifully:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
(see full text)

Today, I want to share the photos at Weather Underground. With 600 new photos posted every day, you’ll never see them all. But I’ll point you to the editor’s picks, the gallery for the best and brightest of the beauty nature has to offer us. Click here to see today’s “editors’ picks.”

Here are a few examples of the “wunder photos” on their website:

Morning Sunburst

Vivid Thunder

Sunrise Lighthouse

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