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

spiritual life

Depends on who’s looking

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Never before has our family engaged in such vigorous debate of artistic merit. It all started when mom and… Continue reading Depends on who’s looking

spiritual life

The nature of silver

"Every crowd has a silver lining." P.T. Barnum, American circus entrepreneur The fact our silver-cleaning method involves a puff of smoke at its start concerns me. This doesn't stop us from boiling water, baking soda and aluminum foil and dipping tarnished pieces into the mix, however. It just means we run the fan in the… Continue reading The nature of silver