Oh, the tragedy. The dark chocolate hearts nestled within a red heart box are long gone, the single red rose dried and sad, the month of love over as of last week, and yet I never offered up my traditional love letter to something near and dear to my heart. So … sadly belated and […]

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? From The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver, 1935-2019 This quote plucked from a lovely poem written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver, who passed away this month, has been on my mind these past few days.  Perhaps it’s […]

Yikes, January is half way over and I haven’t made my 19 for 2019 Resolution list yet.  But first I suppose I must confess to last year’s final tally.  So without further preamble (and no whiny excuses), here it is: 18.  Find eighteen geocaches this year.  Found thirteen.  We did try to find more, but … […]

“Nature:  The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.”  Oxford English Dictionary I planned to write this blog about canning jars, a pleasant, non-controversial subject.  But then something happened.  Sorry, but I think I’ll have to […]

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d revisit my favorite poetry form in this month’s blog.  Several years ago on a trip to Victoria, Canada, I discovered the joy of writing haiku (see Vacation Haiku).  I love the simplicity of this Japanese style of poetry, which has only three short, spare lines that […]

Sorry, the title translates to “I love birds.”  I just wrote it in French to make it sound more passionate.  It’s February, after all. February.  The month of hearts and flowers, of chocolate and love–and more chocolate.  It’s also 2018, which has been designated the Year of the Bird by the Audubon Society and a few […]

  I love the New Year.  Discounting the one miserable time my husband and I rang in the New Year with a norovirus, it always feels like a new beginning, like anything can happen.  I look ahead and see the promise of new adventures and (hopefully good) challenges, of new opportunities to make positive changes […]