Having just watched the movie Elvis, this song kept running through my head this Christmas because it was true–we definitely had a blue Christmas this year. Not blue in an unhappy way, but in a physical way..like the color your skin turns when you are cold. Our power went out shortly after lunch on Christmas … More We Had a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas…As Well as a Grinch, A Christmas Carol, and A Chrismas Story Christmas
I woke up this morning to a suggested video on my phone, which was by one of the people that I find most interesting on this planet, John Green, but about a subject that I find one of the least interesting on the planet (to me), which is sports. But, as usual, John Green found … More This Thing Called Hope…or Are You A Sports Fan or a WordleBot?
It was another quiet walk this morning. I was anxious to visit the dayflower I had seen yesterday to see if it was true that the bloom only lasted one day. But as you can tell by comparing this morning’s photo (above) with the one I took yesterday (below) … It was true! The tiny … More Labor Day Reflection: A Holiday of Letting Go
In my blog post yesterday about the invasion of Ukraine, I confessed my sorrow about the start of a new war and my lack of knowledge about how I as a private citizen can do much to alleviate the situtation. Later that day, I happened upon this video by Hank Green, one of the much-beloved … More What To Do When You Feel Helpless
I try to live like every day is a special day, and I’m sure that many of you do as well. But I’ve been getting various notices that today may be special in a special way. Of course, it is Groundhog Day. However, since it has snowed or iced three weekends in a row in … More Is February 2, 2022 a Special Day?
Yesterday was a big day in our house, represented by the picture above. In case you don’t get the symbolism, that is a garlic scape tied into a knot. That is because yesterday, the first of my son’s peers to get married held a virtual wedding that he and I watched at home while eating … More Festive Farmers Market Food for a Virtual Wedding
North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
Happy (post) Valentines Day everyone! I hope you had a day filled with love in all its many manifestations. I had a nice day, as well as a tangible example of a principle that I try to live by: what you give out comes back to you. Here is what happened. Usually I make a … More Love and What You Give Comes Back to You
I’m writing this post in the pre-dawn hours of a day that I personally have looked forward to for over 4 years–the end of the Donald Trump presidency and the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency. But before I throw myself into the celebration of a new administration, with my new focus on the Beloved … More Guess What Famous Person Most Inspires Me to Compassion this Inaugural Day Morning
On past Martin Luther King Days, my son and I have often participated in some kind of park clean-up service activity, either sponsored by the Town of Cary, my homeschool group, or my spiritual center. This is yet another tradition that has been upended by social distancing requirements imposed by the threat of COVID-19. So … More Martin Luther King and January 6