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I’ll bring the flowers

I’ll bring the flowers

My aunt and I were not on good terms when she died. It has been one of the great regrets of my life. Her father had died just a few months prior, and in the last weeks of his life she and I had had a falling out over his care and other things....

If you’re here for it, it’s enough

If you’re here for it, it’s enough

This morning have you seen a sparkle of light through the shaken leaves of a cypress, after an unseen squirrel has hastened across the branch? Yesterday, did you examine the exact shape of an oak leaf, its veins branching like blood vessels, like roots, like lightning, a thousand fractal shades of red and brown...

Everything Is Broken

Everything Is Broken

“Everything is broken, yet much remains.” ~ Stone Person There’s this atheist Australian comedian I really love named Tim Minchin. He’s funny and vulgar and smart, but he also annoys me. He has this energy that is common among atheists (not all atheists, to be clear) of disdain for anything that hasn’t been thoroughly...

Expand Your Definition of Love

Expand Your Definition of Love

I went to Dragon Hollow today. Climbed up the stream bed with two bags, filled them both with stones. Carried them down again and put them in my car. When I got home, I lined part of the garden path with them. Garden photos later. First I want you to know what happened in...

Getting Back to My Roots in the Garden

Getting Back to My Roots in the Garden

It doesn’t have to be complicated. “Put a seed in the ground and see what comes up. Now you’re a gardener.” I’m paraphrasing wildly but that, in a nutshell, is from my dear friend Peter Fossel, and he ought to know. He’s the author of Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know from Rodale Press. He...

You Are Vastly Underestimating Your Cat

You Are Vastly Underestimating Your Cat

I’m not judging you. I’m just saying. You are vastly underestimating your cat. I know, because I used to underestimate mine, until my friends taught me better. Almost everyone in our society does. Cats understand English and mental images quite clearly, for the most part, and they know things that will be helpful to...