Are Closed Borders Opening Minds?

Border collie contemplating the other side

Interesting that the greatest power to reducing the spread of the coronavirus and death count, is closing borders (and our doors). Heated protests over border crossings are quieter now. Political correctness pummeled common sense yet it is our greatest individual defense against the virus. I usually don't express political opinions on the internet because they …

The Cherokee Knew

Hand holding a crystal globe with upside down view of the world

A fellow blogger's post reminded me of a pondering earlier this week. While I am a spiritual person, I haven't joined an organized religion for decades. Listening to others, some are dogmatically committed to one and only one belief system --- declaring their way is right and the only way. It may be right for …

Nature Teacher: We may be One but We are Not the Same

Red ripened and green beefsteak tomatoes on the vine

Gardening teaches me so much about living life. Besides providing quiet time to regenerate, and avoid constant interruptions of marketing ploys or messages that can wait, gardening offers opportunities to look more deeply into life. Stepping into the tomato patch today, I notice some are ripened red, some still green, some are somewhere along 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 …

Feeling Awkward Around Young Kids?

Reading a snippet about feeling awkward around kids reaffirmed there is nothing wrong with those who feel uncomfortable around children.   Perhaps you have no experience with kids.  Does your gut groan around pre-adolescents...looking for what to say?  Have you purposely chosen to not father children but instead protectively care for plants, pets, or a …

Diversity: The Color of Life

Coming into the house, after what appears to be the last unseasonably warm October day, I glimpsed again at the magnificent colors punctuating the grey cloudy sky --- burgundy flowering plums, orange maples, yellow-green birches, tanned leather oaks, fiery red sassafras --- their leaves twirling in the wind then freckling the autumn ground.   Curious, …

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 …