Nature Doesn’t Need a Smartphone

The peonies are blooming now.  This is how I mark my time.  I do not use a "smart" phone but rely on Mother Nature.   The late May calendar shows white and lavendar colored phlox, lilies of the valley, and deep purple, almost black columbine.  Wild geraniums dot the pachysandra, and grandfather rhododendron (15' high) arrived …

The View Beyond

Plum tree branches heavily laden with raindrops bend toward the ground temporarily obstructing my view of the garden beyond. Like the challenges we face sometimes a relentless tsunami We do not fully understand or see the gifts until widening our perspective.   Bend, like the plum tree. Go with the flow. Accept.  Spring back.  Do …

Social Media aka S&M

Bam! Bam! Bam! Strangers pound on my door.   Ding. Ding. Ding! DING. DING. DING!  The PC shouts Facebook sent 26 e-mails!  Already?  Only a few days ago I dabbled on FB during our workshop.  Now voicemail haunts me with social media messages.  I feel alarmed.  The inferno is building, engulfing me and my time.  Hours …

The Authentic Life of Nature

Driving home on this rainy Saturday evening, the windshield wipers are paragraphs separating my thoughts.  I’ve been hand-drumming for 3 hours in a drum circle at the local health food store.  Some of the participants I’ve known for decades, others I met today. The face of my friend flashes through my mind.  We lunched earlier …

Friends of Different Feathers

These guys (or gals) don't look alike but they respectfully share from the same feeder, while happily chirping away.  People could learn a lot from them. I learned a lot from Jamaicans when visiting their homeland.  Most Americans warned me ahead of time to "not go off the resort premises," but strolling down the beach …