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Starting Today with Beauty

I would like to start today with something beautiful, so here is a photo I took last spring of my apricot tree blossoming.

Things I Learned While Cruising

Dolphins have a series of sounds that they always use when approaching another dolphin. Each dolphin has a unique set of sounds. This means that dolphins name themselves and routinely introduce themselves by name. If you place two Tayler kids at adjoining tables, they will create little fortresses and villages out of sugar packets. Different […]

Home from WXR2016

I have spent the last ten days away from my house with all of my children. We traversed the country via shuttle and airplane. Then we got on a ship to sail for seven days. Today we returned home. I have so many thoughts about all of it. The event was the Writing Excuses Workshop […]

Garden Walk

My neighbor invited me to run away from responsibility for a few hours and join her for a wander through lovely gardens. I know better than to say no to that. So we wandered paths and found hidden nooks where we could sit and visit. The garden is having a tulip festival, so there were […]

Flowers and Change

I’ve had tulips for as long as I’ve owned this house (18 years and counting). There was an abundance of them in the front flowerbed the first spring after I moved in. The thing with tulips is that most varieties of them will only come back for a few years before dying out. There are […]

The Beginning of April

In April the fact of spring becomes obvious. This makes my heart happy. Yet I have a habit of being tangled up inside my own head and failing to notice the world around me. This is particularly true since I don’t have to leave my house to go to work. There was one year where […]

Advent Candle on Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it. Bright lights in a dark season to every one. May you be well, safe, and happy.

Smashed

It was not the outcome that anyone intended, yet somehow we ended up with shards of something that used to be whole. The shards were sharp, able to do more harm if they were not handled carefully. This is the story of many of my days these past couple of years. It is the story […]

Listening to Silence

I’ll admit that a photo of a buffalo standing in the snow doesn’t immediately make me think of Christmas, but then I didn’t promise that all my photos and stories would be holiday themed. I suppose I should have spent this final Saturday before Christmas in preparing for that celebration. Certainly every store clerk thinks […]

Christmas Tree

It is a Christmas tree like many others. Some Christmas trees are gorgeous, a treat for the eyes, and a thing for admiration. Mine is lovely, but in an ordinary way. If you were to line up my tree with a dozen others, it wouldn’t win any prizes, at least not if the judges were […]