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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

The Yard in Autumn

I have so many posts in my head that I would like to make right now- fall crafts, Ray Bradbury, book reviews, GamerGate, Halloween ideas, autumn festivals. The problem with this being my absolute favorite time of year is that I’m so busy experiencing it, that it’s hard to find time to write about it! … Read more

Ultimate Dinosaur Dig Kit – 3 Real Dino Fossils and T-Rex Skeleton! Review

I have to say this is one of the most fun items I’ve had the chance to review since starting this blog. As a child, the towering dinosaur skeletons on museum field trips left an indelible impression in my mind that led to a lifelong interest in palaeontology. While other girls would squeal in distaste … Read more