Winter comes. It arrives in its own time – sometimes early; sometimes late. Winter has finally arrived in the Memorial Garden, first, with the return of cold and wind… and then, much-needed rain. Nothing like the winter that family and friends are experiencing east of us (brrrr). Still, it leaves more time for dogs – and one of my favorite “jobs” at Homeward Bound: going home photos. Saturday, it was Rover’s day… and Bandit’s, too. And then, there was a […]
“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all…. ~ Emily Dickinson My hope for your holiday and the New Year: Kindness. Civility. Generosity. Patience. Possibility. Wishing you all the joys of the season. May they not be forgotten in the New Year.
I try to keep politics off these pages but, increasingly, I feel as if I live in an alternate reality. The daily news confounds me. Disavowing science and banning its words. Ignoring clear and present dangers while creating divisions between us at home. Setting our history back decades – maybe more. Have we forever lost sight of who we are and the compass that guides us to common ground? Words for our times from some time ago: “Other states indicate […]
If the good deeds we have done together entitle us in any small way to call in a special request from above – we need that now. One of our own has fallen ill. She is loved and needed by her family, her extended rescue family, and by the dogs. Because I am helpless to do more right now than to call for the prayers and good wishes of all, I send you flowers from the garden we both love. […]
“Anybody who wants to rule the world should try to rule a garden first.” ~ Author Unknown I found this unattributed quote and it struck me as true. Nothing humbles like a garden – a tiny microcosm of the world where distinct forces work best in harmony, but are sometimes pushed into doing battle for survival and the chance to ensure future generations. I’m not really sure that anyone ever rules the garden; to assume so would tempt Mother Nature’s […]
Categories: Gardening, Humanity, Nature Photography, Thought • Tags: Anna's Hummingbird, Dahlia, Dragonfly, Gardener Traits, gardening, Monarch Butterfly, Praying Mantis, Swallowtail Butterfly, Tiny Frogs
I had a friend I thought I would grow old with, but the friendship was false. I had a title that I thought fit me until it did not. I thought I knew the heart of my country – but lately, I am less sure. Life unfolds in mysterious and unpredictable ways. The truest things I know are found in what comes forward from the earth, in the miracles of the natural world, the connections of two souls adrift, and […]
Hope is what fuels our ability to achieve the unachievable. Light is where we blossom once more. Kindness is what transforms even the most broken. Darkness leads to isolation, fear, despair, uncaring, and malevolence. We choose, each day, in each tiny act, whether to see and act in this life with light or darkness. That choice shapes who we are and who we become. It’s time to fight for the light. Lest we lose ourselves to darkness.