april 8, 2019

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Mother Theresa     One of you smart people out there tell us what this beautiful little flower is. The rolling hills of the Bluegrass look like they belong in a Prince Purple Rain video. You see it where crops are grown but also along the roadside where little more than weeds grow. What is

may 8, 2018

“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” ~ Unknown     If anyone knows what this delicate flower is called, tell me. After Edgar arrived last week, I didn’t want to mow for fear of hurting or scaring him. So, the grass got much longer than usual, but something truly beautiful happened in the meantime. The yard filled with these flowers. They close at night,

june 20, 2017

“What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can, but even if you can’t do that, at least not harming them.” ~ Dalai Lama     I have a flower pot by the backdoor. In early spring a

october 25, 2016

“Accept…then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it….This will miraculously transform your whole life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle     One of the first things I noticed in California was the prodigious Birds of Paradise. They’re gorgeous, clearly, and they certainly stand out among foliage of all sorts. I’ve learned that it’s indigenous to South Africa. So, of course

april 11, 2016

“Don’t be impressed by money, followers, degrees or titles. Be impressed by kindness, integrity, humility and generosity.” ~ Unknown     Because I haven’t mowed the yard this season, a few old friends from my childhood were able to show themselves. I have no idea what this delicate beauty is called. I’m hoping one of my more learned friends can tell me, though I dare say most people consider it a

october 27, 2015

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.” ~ Unknown     I discovered this lone little flower growing out of a crack by the library. I marvel at the tenacity of nature. Every year there’s a stray blossom that pops up here and there. Against all odds there’s a flower. It just warms

july 30, 2014

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespeare     I’ve spent years looking for garden delights. I don’t like much of what I find, but this year at the Berea Craft Festival that finally changed. A young couple from Indiana made the coolest metal flowers and hummingbirds that I had to bring a set home. In spring, I’ll plant delightful things around them.  

september 14, 2013

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl There’s something about a crisp fall day that makes the sky extra blue. I spent several hours working in the yard, and at one point I stopped and said, “Thank you God for this divine day.” It was an absolutely stunning day. Afterward, I turned my attention to

june 3, 2013

“It’s a new week, kids. Time to do positive things and make this world a better place.” ~ Scott McClatchy Rental sister Pam Bick gave me a starter bunch of Buttercups two or three years ago. It has had real trouble taking off, but the weather has conspired this spring to make them utterly delicious. So what do I do? I strip out most of the color. In my defense,