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    March 13, 2019

    In early summer 1970, I landed in the small town of Mansfield, Louisiana, with no job, no housing, a toddler, a baby and a sick, unemployable husband.  George’s non-stop coughing had driven us east from smog-ridden California to find a place, any place at all, where th...

    October 25, 2018

    Putting my garden to bed each fall is an undeniably daunting task.  I currently have nineteen good-sized perennial flower beds, separated by large swathes of Kentucky bluegrass that rivals Genghis Khan in its territorial ambitions.  Then there are “Angela,” one of the...

    May 20, 2018

    This morning the tag on my teabag advised me,  “Let your energy be used to build, not to destroy.”   And that brought back a memory…

    When little Patsy was about six and sitting on a kitchen stool having the night’s tangles painfully teased out of her hair, her...

    February 11, 2018

    It’s February again.  Heart Month.  Hard to avoid all those reminders—in the streets and the stores, in our mailbox and inbox, on the TV and the internet—that our emotional heart is every bit as important as the physical one…  Whether that heart feels open or closed ri...

    June 24, 2017

    Is there a quality you’ve been admiring in others, feeling inspired by—but not feeling you own?  Here’s a gentle process for growing that plant in your own inner garden: 

    1.   Pick an inner quality you’d like to cultivate.  What would you like to enhance?...

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