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Photo by Mary Stone

This photo entitled ‘Hope’ was as a holiday greeting to cherished colleagues and clients this year. But when I took the photo, only a few weeks after the passing of my beloved brother Bill, I didn’t think of the scene as Hope. True, the beauty of the long shadows ensued by the gleam of the sun just after a winter storm took my breath away. About a year later, I realize the moment of glory was indeed a vison of Hope. Now, rather than focus on the loss, I relish what once was. And the shadow of my dear brother’s spirit and love forever surrounds me.

One of my colleagues, the gal that built this website who herself lost a sibling way too early, suggested I frame the picture. It never occurred to me. But I will. Then hang it in front of my writing spot so that I will never forget that even during the roughest times, there is always Hope.

Happy New Year … and Hope to all!

Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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