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Remember, Learn, Grow & Love

Hello fellow readers, Talk about a shift! The chill, albeit wet and soggy, feels like back to school. For me too, as I registered for a fiction workshop at Warren County Community College. It felt nostalgic going back to school; familiar butterflies and all. There’s a process of
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Independence Day on the Top of the World

Hello fellow readers, Last Sunday we visited a favored hiking spot, Big Pocono State Park, which sits atop Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, PA. I’ve coined it the Top of the World where you can see eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York. More than that,
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Merry Christmas Memories

Hello fellow readers, Miss Ellie learned to flail her tail by the door where the ribbons of bells are hung, next to where her biscuits are stashed. It sounds like a reindeer making a landing. Her cuteness works, earning her a treat. Fluffy snow and frigid temps greeted us the morning
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Seal Pup Surprise

Hello Fellow Readers, Interactions with wildlife can bring a tear to my eye… the wonder of it all. On April 23rd, while walking along Island Beach State Park NJ with canine kid Ellie, we spied a fisherman with what looked a dog. I should preface that Ellie is a rescue who still suffer
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Garden Magic

Hello Fellow Readers, I believe all of us can live creatively however we choose to express it. But along with creativity comes vulnerability. Certainly, there’s something intimate about sharing one’s creative self. But creativity in the garden offers a safe space. A forgiving pl
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Preferred Roots

Hello Fellow Readers, From time to time over the years I’ve shared stories of dear Mom who gave me my garden start and many of you have kindly asked about her. Emma Stone joined the angels last Sunday and while there’s sadness, there’s a relief that her difficult last chapter of demen
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We’re All Just Seeds

Hello Fellow Readers, There’s a country song by written by Pat Alger and Ralph Murphy, sung by Kathy Mettea, that I’ve always been drawn to. The chorus of Seeds speaks volumes starting with “We’re all just seeds in God’s hands. We start the same, but where we land is sometimes f
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Lessons from The Secret Garden

Hello fellow readers, Once again I write from Virginia and admit I’m weary. Witnessing a loved one suffer is heartbreaking; Mom’s greatest suffering is from fear. When I arrived Saturday her deep cough and spiked fever seemed inevitable. To sooth her, I began reading an abridged child
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Gardens Glow

Hello fellow readers, Do you recall as a kid waiting until the last minute to finish your homework? As adults, it’s not about waiting, more about not having a minute to spare. Rush, rush, rush. You know the drill. Last on the list is my own garden. When I do make the time it bri
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One World / Memorial Day

Hello fellow readers, As I share this week’s dilemma, delight or discovery in the garden of life, I can’t help but reflect on the significance of Memorial Day. A holiday set aside in memory of those that served. It’s heartwarming to see folks setting up the American flag in thei