Most of the blooms on my Althea shrubs are now high above my head, fewer within reach. When I look up at them, it's like looking up at stars in the daytime. For some reason, a line from a poem came to mind that our class had to memorize in junior high. It's from a … Continue reading Like the Stars
After several serious blog posts, we'll return to the garden today to feed the birds. It's live entertainment in your own backyard. I know this is a typical "old people" thing, but we weren't that old when we started this hobby. My husband and I started doing this about thirty years ago and have made … Continue reading Time to Lighten Up
This weekend (Aug. 10 – 11, 2019) our Jewish brothers and sisters are coming to the end of “the nine days” before their day of fasting and mourning on Tisha B’Av - the Ninth day of the month of Av. Tradition says, on that same day, the first and second Temples were destroyed, 656 years … Continue reading Lessons in Tisha B’Av
We try to avoid grief. It’s uncomfortable – painful. We try to jump to relief and normalcy too quickly, before grief has done its work within us. And make no mistake, grief is work. It is a process that should not be medicated away or otherwise circumvented. It is normal, but it is exhausting. Usually … Continue reading Grief is Hard Work
In case you’ve wondered, I have fallen into a pattern of posting blogs every Monday, and then again later in the week – Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Don’t hold me to that, but it seems like a pretty good schedule for me right now. Also, I try to keep them under 500 words. This was … Continue reading Looking for Hope
For the month of July, I participated, along with about 80 other Twitter users, in a 30-day gratitude challenge. Stoney deGeyter issued the charge to give a daily tweet with one to three things we are thankful for, promising extra credit if it was the first tweet of the day. He moderated this on-line forum … Continue reading Are You Catchin’ A Gratitude With Me?
Crepe myrtles are everywhere in my part of the country. Many homeowners, as well as businesses, choose this small tree for mid to late summer color in their landscapes. It's a favorite for boulevard medians and park areas. Their fluffy flower clusters put on a brilliant show all around town. The collage above was made … Continue reading A Little Fluff About The Garden