But First, a Nap

We Should Have Napped on Saturday. Photo by Don Segien, Jr.  The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Ten Do you think of rest as a reward? What if, instead, you valued it as preparation? How would your schedule change? How might you change? I propose that we rest first. Begin well. What could that look like? I started this year with […]

Acoustic Vacation

Sunrise on Oahu’s North Shore. The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Nine I unplugged for this vacation. My husband, Rich, and I flew to Hawaii to visit my daughter, Elaine, her husband, Rob, their boys, Cadence and Sawyer, and Little Miss Kidney Bean, due to be born in September. They’re stationed at Pearl Harbor, for now, […]

Birds and Bees

Our Front Deck. After Rain. The Echium Has Attained Seussical Proportions.  The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Eight Rain blessed our land and now everything is drying and the creatures are hungry. I’m watching the Echium. Its purple torches call the bees. They’re calling the hummingbirds. The camera calls me so I step onto the deck, inhale […]

Springing, Part Two: Up.

Wisteria. And a Utility Pole … The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Seven After I nearly missed the plum flowers, I made wisteria my priority. Our neighbor, down at the corner of the main road, grows wisteria along the fence line protecting the orchards from the deer, and whatever else threatens orchards. It is abloom […]

Springing, Part One

 Plum, Leafing Out. The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Six Spring is muscling right in despite my schedule and I can stop to breathe it or not but it’s coming anyway. The plum tree is half-leaved already–no, even more. Only a few flowers remain. Wasn’t it yesterday that I awoke and noted the blooms first […]