Garden Dilemmas, Delights & Discoveries, Ask Mary Stone, New Jersey Garden blog
a large tan oak leaf held in a woman's hand and a white dog with black ears in the background.

The Fall of the Leaf

Hello fellow readers, Thanks to those who reached back after last week’s story with curiosities about my book underway; the working title is The Lesson of the Leaf. Its theme is maneuvering through overlapping losses that happen in the later seasons of our lives. For some, they
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a red maple leaf resting on the edge of Catfish Pond

“Leaf Therapy” fills emptiness

Hello fellow readers, Camp Mohican has been a place of respite and contemplation since I moved to Blairstown, NJ, 21 years ago. Contiguous with the Appalachian Trail, it’s one of the reasons I relocated here. Walking amongst the trees always helps my heart. Yesterday, I desperat
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Birthday Reflection Pulse Check

Hello fellow readers, Monday, the day the column is due to The Press, became a Birthday Reflection Pulse Check I’d like to share with you. Thank you for reading! May we all remember to embrace the unexpected in this garden of life and take more time to play. Birthday Reflection
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A collection of heart-shaped Bill's stones

The Story of Bill’s Stones

Hello fellow readers, ThePress takes a hiatus between Christmas and New Years’, so I don’t have a weekly column to share. But I’d like to share the story of Bill’s stones with you, my faithful online readers. One of my most frequented meditative walks is climbi
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An oak leaf frozen in a pond

Lesson of the Leaf

Hello Fellow Readers, If I may share the origin of a memoir underway titled the Lesson of the Leaf. My beloved brother Bill passed away on December 21st.  I was blessed to travel to Florida to be by his side in his last weeks. Several overnights in the hospital and hospice and heartfe
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