Make the World a Better Place?


Pink Lupine and Bachelor’s Buttons

Anyone remember reading the book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney?

It is a children’s book written in the early 1980s, and it was popular when my children were young. It was my older daughter’s favorite book for many a month.

As the story goes, Miss Rumphius is a woman who wants to do three things in her life – travel the world, live by the sea when she is older, and make the world a better place. She accomplishes her first two goals with no problem, but she is stumped when she wonders how to improve the world. Finally she thinks of a plan. She decides to scatter lupine seeds wherever she goes. And so she does!

Think how much we would all benefit if each of us had a plan to better the world, and we put our plan in action. Just like Miss Rumphius.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She will be at the Leeper Park Art Fair this weekend, June 18 and 19, in South Bend, Indiana. Booth #107.




About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Joanne Keevers says:

    I haven’t actually read the book, Bo, but your outline of the story is just lovely! And look at those Pink Lupine flowers. Stunning. 🙂

  2. I don’t remember the book..but I do love the plan. Lupines would surely make the world a happier place!!!

  3. Yes, I remember the book well. We read it many times when my son was young. Lovely idea and image.

  4. I haven’t read the book, I don’t recall. Lupine definitely is a way to make the world a better place (and so do bluebonnets as I am thinking of them for some reason while looking at the lupine). Beautiful capture… vibrant.

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