“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
"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
“She has a memory of trees and fields and nothing more.” James Thurber, The White Deer This morning, when the light was still low enough to be magical, a family walked down the sidewalk outside our house and headed for the school bus stop. Oddly enough, they all had four legs. The kids at the… Continue reading Accommodating critters
“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!
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer Were goldfinches not so insanely cute, I wouldn't be nearly so tolerant. They're out there, right now, snarfing down the same seeds that I hope to harvest for next year's crop of annuals. It's… Continue reading Going to seed