gardening, spiritual life

Search-and-destroy mission

"I believe that I have found, if not original sin, at least vegetable total depravity in my garden." Charles Dudley Warner, "What I Know about Gardening: Third Week," 1870 Wearing long sleeves in public is easier than the alternative. People take one look at my arm and gasp, "What happened?!" Ha! There's nothing but herbs… Continue reading Search-and-destroy mission

gardening, spiritual life, writing

The writer’s dilemma

“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” -- Steve Goodier, inspirational author We have an odd front yard. By a quirk of street layout, this part of our property is unusually long and skinny for our neighborhood, meaning we have the sheer frontage to collect not… Continue reading The writer’s dilemma

gardening, spiritual life

Enough to face the killing frost

"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” Humbert Wolfe, British poet There's not much left in the garden. But, it's enough to sustain life through these last days, weeks of the season. A handful of cosmos, a butterfly bush, a bit… Continue reading Enough to face the killing frost

gardening, spiritual life

Safe!

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” James Baldwin, American novelist One of the stories to emerge from Hurricane Florence is precious. A tiny kitten made it out of the flood-ravaged city of New Bern, NC, attached firmly to the shoulder of a man who may or may not have exactly… Continue reading Safe!