Xing Out Holiday eXpectations

Christmas shopping list replaces expectations with gratitude

Want to have happier holidays? Give up eXpectations. Cross them right off the list and out of your mind. Tell yourself you are going to be open and grateful for whatever comes along. Play the game of life and look for the gift. No, not the ones tied with pretty bows sitting under the tree …

Anon

September tugs at August October overshadows September. Leaves falling in August a premature ejaculation of autumn leaves one unfulfilled and looking to September for more. More warmth, more comfort, a lingering embrace to hold on to the moments of bliss. As an adult, I love September and August too. It's just too soon to feel …

Nature Teacher: Appreciate what you have right now

Old time clock in a field of lavendar

My Magnificent Magnolia greets me as I sip a morning latte' and bids me goodnight in the moonlight.  Standing gloriously amidst an evening rain or grey sky, her steadfast glow casts a brilliance though my window.  I am awash in awe. We've been together for decades now --- she being here long before I moved …

Do you Expect More from Plants or People?

Some people say expectations set us up for disappointment.  But as a gardener I say, "I must have expectations for the fruits of my labor.  Otherwise, why would I plant?"  And more often than not, the final product --- of abundant produce and beautiful blooms --- far exceeds my expectations. Still, sometimes plant wilt.  Sometimes …