One More Day

Today’s my Daddy’s birthday. He would’ve been 86. He left us way too soon at 59. Our family never recovered from this unexpected devastating loss. We sort of all spun outward in every direction from the center of what, or who, held us together. But, does anyone ever really recover from the loss of a parent or sibling? … More One More Day

Slowdown Saturday

It’s Saturday. Pause. Slow down. Slow way down. If you are celebrating Easter, Happy Easter. If you are celebrating Passover, Chag Pesach Samech. Enjoy your weekend festivities. If you are coming up on Palm Sunday tomorrow with Pascha next Sunday, may it be a peaceful and blessed Holy Week. Whatever it is you are celebrating, or … More Slowdown Saturday

Strange Beauty: Wounds, Loss, Exile, Survival

Photo of a strangely beautiful abandoned country farmhouse, Norwood, Virginia. Taken Nov. 2017. I attended a couple of powerful lectures this week at Duke University. Wednesday night I saw Natasha Trethewey, our former US Poet Laureate. Last night I saw Richard Rodriguez, memoirist and essayist. They touched on similar themes and both have me thinking … More Strange Beauty: Wounds, Loss, Exile, Survival

Green Thumbs For All: Spring Gardening Tips

It is a beautiful day, and I plan to be in my garden all day. Correction: I plan to be in my garden all weekend. There’s so much I want to do and need to do. It’s a good thing that I like getting my hands dirty. To me, there’s nothing better than weeding, digging, and planting in a garden. Speaking of gardening, I thought I would share my latest article on spring gardening tips in the current issues of both Midtown and Cary Living Magazines (Raleigh and Cary, NC sister publications). ‘Green Thumbs For All’  was a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed visiting local garden centers and talking to landscape professionals. … More Green Thumbs For All: Spring Gardening Tips