Goodbye Christmas–In With the New

I had just cleared out nearly all the Christmas symbols, except the tree, making space to usher in All Things New when my neighbors offered me their large pointsettia as they are apparently leaving for the desert soon. Palm Springs sounds good to me. The desert is so lovely at this time of year. I […]

When Ruby Came for Christmas

Last year just about this time I got a hankering for another Border Collie. A female, I decided. And I would name her Ruby, after Ruby Pease, who is an early ancestor who lived in CT in the 1700’s. A charming thought. Why not? It felt like a nice way to honor her, and make […]

Where we turn for flowers in winter

It was when I was living in Appalachia that I first learned that pansies were actually a winter flower, that could survive frost and even snow. I’d only seen them used in summer on the West Coast, though certainly I remember my Grandmother’s fondness for them. “They have such sweet faces,” she always said. And […]

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