• Aging
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    “I believe in the magic and authority of words.” ~ René Char There is a woman named Betty who lives in the care home with my mother-in-love who does not speak. She is 99-years-old and has some dementia but, as far as I can tell, is physically strong. She dives heartily into her meals; one […]

  • Garden
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    “Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things.” ~Thomas Merton I pour a measure of warm water into the half-full bag of seed starting mix, reach in and begin mixing it with a gloved hand. As I massage the soil I become intoxicated with […]

  • Home
  • Monday, March 13, 2017

    “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” ~ William Faulkner We arrived home late yesterday afternoon, to rain and melting snow. It’s fun to go away now and then but I always love coming home; I’m an unapologetic homebody through and through. Today, getting back on track with […]

  • A "Grand" Life!
  • Friday, March 10, 2017

    “That is one good thing about this world . . . there are always sure to be more springs.” ~ L.M. Montgomery I dread looking out the window in the morning for fear of seeing how much snow accumulated overnight. I’m hearing rumours of a warming trend next week so maybe, if we can just […]

  • Today
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017

    “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ~ Bob Newhart Gerry heads off to an early morning men’s meeting and I settle into silence and a cup of milky coffee with just the right amount of froth on top. I’m looking forward to spending a copious amount of time in […]

  • Life
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    “If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.” ~ Tom Peters, Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution We spent time at the hospital yesterday–one of a herd of confused people looking for rooms, looking for people, looking for someone to ask a question of, and generally just wandering around lost and bewildered. There […]

  • Garden
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    “[Hobbits] love peace and quiet and a good tilled earth.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien I’m a hobbit! Who knew? It’s still chilly and there’s snow in the forecast. Snow, for goodness sake! The never-ending winter continues. I’ve pulled out my heat mats and seeds but still haven’t planted anything. I’m finding it hard to get into gardening […]

  • Family
  • Monday, March 6, 2017

    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ~ Rudyard Kipling I love the written word and am relatively fluent in it. Less so, the spoken word. I fast grow weary of inane chatter and small talk, though I hold deep appreciation for one-on-one conversation that goes beneath the surface. Yesterday I was […]