The Intangible Foe

     They met on a Friday night in August. Katie had been hesitant to take part in this particular social group because history had proven to her that such gatherings consisted mostly of cliques—small clusters of young adults who had been attending the groups for years. No structure, no methodology was in place to introduceContinue reading “The Intangible Foe”

My Dream Library

     It is a mere 11-1/2 x 13—150 square feet with one double-hung window and one small closet. Some people think it is nothing more than a room with some books.     Far from it—for it is my library.     I have no idea how many books are in this small room, since I have been addingContinue reading “My Dream Library”

O Birds of Peace-A Poem

O birds of peace, so aptly named,Your choice to dwell sublime.Among the million bells proclaim,A place to bide your time. A single kin, so fine and frail,Your gift to all the world.So harsh, but yet you will prevail!The plume of young unfurls. The turns you take, the to and fro,Relief each one affords.The steady bond you eachContinue reading “O Birds of Peace-A Poem”

Practical Memories: One Teacher’s Attempt at Cultivating Potential

  This post is a continuation of “A Herbal Beginning.”     The years I spent in high school were a lowlight for me–all four years. Every day was a struggle, largely due to the machinations of a series of nefarious women who would—absurdly—assume the “stepmother” moniker and who were adept in their ability to atContinue reading “Practical Memories: One Teacher’s Attempt at Cultivating Potential”

Comfort, Thy Name is Chowder

     Here in Michigan, spring weather seems to fluctuate more than the stock market. Yesterday, I awoke to temperatures in the 60’s—nice! Today? Not so nice—in fact, 49 degrees of not so nice.     My choice for a supper-time meal tends to reflect the weather of that day. Eighty degrees? Pasta with veggies (from the garden!),Continue reading “Comfort, Thy Name is Chowder”

A Herbal Beginning

     My family and I have moved six times during the past nine years, and after each one, as soon as we were settled and the weather permitted, I would seek out the local nurseries and purchase several herb plants. Basil, parsley, sage, thyme and oregano were must-haves, of course. But I delighted in discoveringContinue reading “A Herbal Beginning”

Twenty Questions: Gardening (a thinned-out version)

As you know by now, the planned Twenty Questions game with my four original panelists was scrapped due to an unexpected and urgent matter. Therefore, I have decided to present a few of my images here and give you the opportunity to guess their identities. I cannot offer the types of prizes I furnished toContinue reading “Twenty Questions: Gardening (a thinned-out version)”