Birdtopia: Coloring Book: Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! Ends 12/26

I have received sample items to facilitate my post. Birdtopia: Coloring Book I never really caught the adult coloring craze the way some of my friend have. I mean, I’m always happy to sit and color with the kids- but none of the special adult books made me have to have them. Until I saw … Read moreBirdtopia: Coloring Book: Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! Ends 12/26

The Wind Blew All Around Me

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It was so beautiful outside, like a child’s watercolor dream of fall. It was unseasonably warm but not uncomfortably so. The previous night’s rain had left everything with a glowing, over-saturated sheen of color. The wind danced and blustered, playing hide-and-go-seek with itself, swirling the bright confetti leaves madly in every direction. Right before sunset, … Read moreThe Wind Blew All Around Me

You’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.

My showy irises have made their appearance, spreading further this year.  I love the purple ones for their delicate, veiny tracework pattern of decoration, bleeding into saturated ink-stained pools at the end of each bottom petal. The iris was named from the Greek word for rainbow, denoting the multitude of colors the flowers span. In … Read moreYou’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.

Bleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend

I was so happy that one of my favorite flowers, the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), made it through the winter. I’m always fascinated with myth and legend, folklore and fairytales. I love tracing the paths these tales take, the ways in which they transform and mutate with time and distance, the ways they’re still evolving … Read moreBleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend

I Need One Thing That’s Divine.

My dreams have been filled with time traveling, both literal and moving back and forth through the layers of my own life. Excavation isn’t pretty or conducive to good sleep. Human sharks, tiny hands thrown up in defense just turn to bait. I want to start over, pure and clean, with no blood trail dripping … Read moreI Need One Thing That’s Divine.

A Month of Gratitude, Day One: A Sense of Place

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Thanksgiving has never been big on my list of holidays, I won’t even pretend. It’s just more added stress and work glomped onto the Katamari ball of Christmas cheer and New Year’s revelry, in between the Halloween hysterics. Basically by January 2, I’m ready to pass out for three months or maybe hang out in … Read moreA Month of Gratitude, Day One: A Sense of Place

Lovebirds

The cardinals have been out in full force, jewel-colored flashes glittering against the stark background of snow.  I’ve watched this pair over the last year as they built their nest, hatched and raised a pair of boy and girl siblings to teenager-hood. It’s fascinating to see that even now the whole family stays together. I … Read moreLovebirds