3: Omne Trium Perfectum – Making Sense of it All

Lucky Three or NotThings come in threes beleaguers my thoughts. A month ago, I received word that my beloved border collie, Bess, passed away while I traveled in Scotland. Last week I received word that my best male friend from college passed away. Memories flash of the three close friends I lost a few years …

Tao of Spring

I love this time of year --- one foot stepping away from dismal winter, the other turning toward spring's pulsating energy and invigorating growth. Mother Nature turns her pages as weeping cherry blossoms invite sleepy trees to leaf out.  Rosettes emerge beneath woody stalks from last year's Autumn Joy...lifeless looking rosebushes begin to swell...rain purges …

Nature Teacher: Nothing is as Nothing Seems

Opening the compost bin lid reveals decomposing garlic skins, leek greens, maple leaves, apple cores, coffee grounds, and other unidentifiable by now but formerly salubrious consumables. Dirt from last summer's potted flowers (probably the water-logged ones that couldn't withstand the heavy rains) is mixed in. I suppose most would view this as rubbish or waste …

The Beauty of Transformation

Dazzling green and metallic blue dragonflies transformed my summer to autumn.  Taking in the colorful, changing fall landscape yesterday amid September temps, I was mesmerized when a silvery gold dragonfly as sparkly as Christmas ribbons landed on my garden chair.  We both sat perfectly still for the next few minutes, its lipstick red mirrored dots …