Fish in the Grass

Heavy rains make weeds grow freely but also easier to remove. Rainstorms flood the pond. Fish are swimming in the yard. Not so lucky for them but the heron is happy for food and the grass will be fertilized. This is my gardener's perspective on a Chinese folk story called "An Old Man Lost His …

A garden then and now…

No surprise to me, this inspirational sentiment about a garden's virtues.  What is surprising though, is that it was written by the Persian poet Saadi who lived more than 700 years ago.  Can you imagine the beauty he beheld then, before industry dominated our planet?  If I find a garden breathtaking now, I wonder what …

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 …

“Flexibility”

I begin each day picking a word for guidance out of the cobalt blue glass container.   Just a little something to set my intention for the day before the mental chatter of the "TO DO list" dictates my time and ultimately my mood.  Today, the message is flexibility.  "Good choice," I think to myself already …