Wine From a Soup Cup- A Story of Addiction.

The summer I turned 15 a friend called me and asked if I would be interested in bussing with her at the Italian restaurant in town called “Silvesterie’s.” Bob, the owner was a Sicilian man with deeply sunken dark-rimed eyes and a Burt Remolds mustache.  He had been a sniper in the Marines and a professional…

A Strawberry With a Secret….

I will not attempt to take any credit for this cool idea.  I WILL take the credit for the funky cool fabric choices. Thank you very much. I was surfing the web for tote bag patterns and came across a pattern for a ‘strawberry farmers market bag.’  There are many patterns available online but the gist of…

“Random Acts Of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”

Growing up my parents only had one bumper sticker. It said: “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” There are many things in our childhoods that we habituate to, never really noticing what a great an effect they have on our lives. In my youth, I took its meaning for granted. I was brought up in…

A Honey of a different type (Warning: contains some graphic material)

Honey, Honey Bee, Bear, Bearington, Hon. She answers to to all of them. Our dog Honey, came to us in the month after the boy’s unexpected move cross country.  I guess technically this makes her my step-dog.  I came to be her owner when she was about 7 years old- high strung, anxious, distrusting and willful….

The garden today.

When we moved in, we became the proud owners of a beautiful lawn.  A lawn we had no interest in maintaing.   It surrounded the house. Far from being a blank canvas- this was canvas with someone else’s painting on it. I have mentioned before that I don’t understand peoples’ obsession with lawns.  They offer no value to the…

Long live the queen!

I have to admit I have been dreading looking in hive #2 for sometime now.  After the last inspection reveled that they were in the process of re-queening I have been very worried that I might have to combine to two hives if the attempt was not successful.  I defiantly put off inspection for a…

Let there bee light! (I’m sorry. I could’t hold it in.)

I love candle light!  In fact, I quite prefer it. Growing up in a place where the power went out frequently for extended periods of time I got used to the flickering lumiation that fire light provides. My mom taught us how to make candles when we were young.  Sand candles, molded candles, dipped candles, multicolor…

The best dad in the world.

I have spent the last few days and the last half year processing my own dad’s death.  Publicly and privately.  Since November fatherhood has been constantly on my mind. His birthday was always around (and even some years ON) Father’s Day and so the day has always seemed custom made for him. But for this…

The places I found you.

I went for a dive today, hoping to find you along the way. I took the back roads and chose the path. Hoping to find you somewhere, maybe on some mountain’s pass. What I discovered was exactly as I had feared. That you were no longer here, but I knew that from the start.

AMEN.

There is a clip of Jim Carrey making a commencement speech has been making the rounds and struck such a cord with me and our current state. I was inspired by my dad’s death to take a chance and try to make a living doing the things I love without the compromise the comes with a guaranteed…

What does it become?

What does a birthday become after a person’s life is done? Does it transform into a day to mourn the last? I don’t know what to do- where to begin the task. The only direction I have to look now is back.

Symptoms of a sick society.

Why? The question everyone wants answered in the wake of yet another random shooting- but is it the right one? Normally I stay out of these debates.  I have little interest in them but I have found in all the pontification about the causes of these tragedies that something seems to be overlooked and wholly…

“If you always tell the truth you never have to remember what you said.”

The truth is a simple thing. It cannot be injured by questioning. Infinite abuse is done when blindly we accept a lie in the place of truth. The reaction to query exposes the nature of intent. When questions are met with justification, not explanation- we should look no further. The answer is clear. The truth needs no justification. Because the truth is a…

Eggs Of A Different Type

We celebrated Easter this year with colored eggs that we filled with chocolate (but not dyed.  They are colorful to start.) LOTS of seeds, gardening tools, a sunny day and frog eggs. After our egg hunt we took a walk.  At the bottom of the property on the road is a wetland and small pond (the same…

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Answer: Because, I was chasing it. Wait. I’m staring this story in the middle.  Let’s rewind to last month. Apparently, every year the day after Mother’s Day my husband goes ‘chicken crazy’ and cannot rest until we have acquired MORE chickens. We have been hatching chicks from our flock for some of Ry’s friends.  …