The Ups and Downs of Life

  Rain clouds help flowers grow. Why should life experiences be any different?   Learning through Grief I began this post before the untimely loss of my best friend --- Bess my beloved 14 1/3 year old border collie.  Acceptance soothes my broken heart when acknowledging this will happen to each and everyone of us …

Wondrous Willows

Spring trees on the verge of blossoming remind me of near nubile youth tenderly budding, filling out, to become lacy, graceful young ladies. --- a reminiscence of long ago... Willow's urban definition: the nicest, most beautiful girl you will ever meet...sticks with her friends to the very end...is open to new ideas...is very smart....all wrapped …

Have You Seen Their Taijitu?

Familiar with that black and white yin-yang symbol, known in ancient Chinese philosophy as taijitu?  Surely you've seen dogwood trees gracing the landscape but have you seen their taijitu? Look closely at the blooms on this glorious tree.  Each stunning bract (appearing as one of four flower petals) appears marred like a bruise or singe …