Cardinal Inspiration

The color red symbolizes steadfast faith.  Some Christians believe it represents Christ's blood.  But the cardinal inspiration I'm talking about isn't from the Catholic church --- it's  from those eye-catching red birds that perk up winter's indeterminate grey, like a spark of hope in darkness. When faced with challenges like enduring the winter cold, the …

Poinsettia Miracles

Starring the close of each year and darkest, darkest night, the Poinsettia's striking winter appearance hails worldwide wishes of generosity and good cheer. A Plant of Many Miracles... Love Rooted around miracles and the power of love, Mexican legend paints a heartwarming story around the Poinsettia.  While details vary, it's essentially about a meager child …

Who’s Bringing the Holly Home this Year?

Love the way holly's distinctive green leaves and vibrant red berries adorn your holiday table, especially under candlelight? Then you better wait close to its show off date to bring it indoors. This robust winter beauty begins to shrivel in the heat. And if you are superstitious at all, wait until Christmas. Legend has it that it's …

Some (not so) Squirrelly Advice for Pleasant Holidays

Mixed Nuts What do you think about when you think about squirrels?  Ravaged bird feeders?  Acrobatic acts?  Rabies?  The park?  Nuts?  Well, yes, nuts.  That also comes to mind when I think about the December holidays. Not just the type of nuts we eat --- like roasted chestnuts, walnuts on that sumptuous apple pie, or …

Get More Social

By now, you know my feelings about the overuse and addictive characteristics of social media, particularly as it hampers one's interest in human to human communication and experiencing the natural environment.  I offer Christina Farr's article in the hopes it will help those of you trying to detox and return to a more serene, content …

Paradox of Winter

December often conjures up complaints about the cold, snow shoveling, and dangers of falling on ice, but just as often I am awestruck by winter's beauty contrasted against a backdrop of barren starkness. And so is life. One is necessary for the other. So, rather than more of the usual holiday hype for this month, …