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January 15, 2019

The winter chill has settled on the garden but it doesn’t have to settle on your gardener’s heart. I have found the most delightful English gentleman, Monty Don, who can take you to exquisite European gardens while you sit in your favorite easy chair. This Netflix seri...

January 1, 2019

What if there was one more present you forget to unwrap? Just a small package that got kicked under the couch. As you get the last ornament safely placed in its package, fold up the tree skirt and get ready to drag out the vacuum - you catch a glimpse of it.

Neatly wra...

December 11, 2018

Does Christmas sometimes feel broken and tangled? Do you find yourself sweeping up glass ornaments that hit the ground or untangling long strings of lights only to find one section isn’t lit?

Yet this holiday was meant to be a gift given to us. A celebration of heaven a...

November 27, 2018

No one likes waking up in the middle of the night. In fact, it can be maddening to watch the minutes tick by and turn to hours. Hours, you fret, will leave you exhausted in the morning. And fret you do. So often when the body just wants to get up and relieve itself, th...

November 8, 2018

Metal wheels scraped along the cobblestones. Slowly, a slippered foot stepped down followed by a big, old tennis shoe. John Douza carefully lowered his walker and shuffled along a perfectly measured strip of lawn that separated his even more carefully placed rows of da...

October 17, 2018

Eureka (word), a famous exclamation attributed to Archimedes

Eureka effect, the sudden, unexpected realization of the solution to a problem Eureka!, the state motto of California 

Gone. Zilch. Kaput. That’s what my garden looked like last spring. Beautiful, frilly tulip...

October 11, 2018

Munch…munch…munch.

Even the healthiest yards can fall prey to the hungry caterpillar. While most of the damage occurs in the summer months, this time of the year we notice the nests they’ve left behind. With a little preventative maintenance now, you can avoid a spring...

September 26, 2018

She’s been there for me – from the moment we first met, over the phone - that voice of encouragement and support, I told the crowd at my friend’s 60th birthday celebration. And what a celebration it was.

As we, her friends and family both new and long-standing, spoke of...

September 5, 2018

She placed her hand on my cheek. Such a small gesture, yet its tenderness meant so much to me.

You see, I hadn’t let myself really process the fact that my mom has blood cancer. It’s easier to make appointments and take her grocery shopping and keep busy being useful. H...

August 22, 2018

Until you’ve eaten Kale fresh from your garden, you may be wondering what all the fuss about this green roughage is. Kale salad, chips, sautés and smoothies appear on menus everywhere. (Well, maybe not McDonalds).

This is one superfood that’s easy to grow and now is the...

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