Archive / 2012

Everybody’s Fine . . .

When everybody’s fine, nobody’s fine. In my experience, Everybody’s fine is a throwaway phrase that means:  I don’t want to talk about it! or Don’t anyone make a fuss over me! My 85 year old mother is a lifelong practitioner of the everybody’s fine dogma. Questions about her well-being get the same answer:  I’m fine, […]

Standing On A Promise

In my daydreams, we meet by accident at the grocery store or another public space. He’s shopping alone, momentarily unguarded. Desiring to prolong the chance encounter, I offer to buy him a cup of coffee. To my surprise and extreme pleasure, he accepts. Exchanging polite niceties while our order is processed, we adjourn to a […]

Hope Deferred

Seventeen years ago today, a six-year-old girl named Morgan Nick disappeared from a Little League baseball park in Alma, Arkansas. I never met the little girl, nor did I know her family. Nevertheless, every year when the local news media broadcasts a story to remind viewers she’s still missing, I’m one of the moms watching. […]

Have A Cowl!

Today … a temporary respite from my musings about weeds and garden challenges. Gardening is one way (technically) to work with my hands, but some of my other passions also involve handwork. In a post from last year, I referred to my family name, suggesting the influence (both as a writer and as a knitter) […]

Doing Battle . . . And Winning!

My adventures-in-gardening experiences are now on record here, and here. This year, I was amazed at my eagerness to get out and work the garden bed! No, the weeds weren’t gone, not by a long shot, but I have identified a straightforward plan to address this nemesis! I haven’t yet won, but I’ve taken the right […]

Weeds Crouching At My Door

The bane of horticultural endeavor was the subject of my previous post. Would anyone dispute weeds are tenacious, sometimes nigh intractable? Certainly, extricating weeds at their roots is the most highly-effective practice. But take a look at this picture on the left; ask yourself (as I did) how much time might be required to extract […]

The Villainy of Weeds

My garden remains — queue the writing metaphor — a work in progress. My last post pictured a part of my 35′ x 7′ raised bed. Full disclosure, here’s a view of the garden I neglected to include. Where veggies once grew in the space, all that green (to the left of the owl) is […]

How Does My Garden Grow?

As a preteen, one of my summertime chores was gardening. The neighbors and my parents — bullwhip-wielding Simon Legree and his equally-capable understudy Cruella DeVil — planted at least half an acre of vegetables in the field behind our house. Like unsuspecting migrant farm workers, my brothers and I were drafted into service maintaining the […]

Knock My Block Off

Arggghhhhh! Looking at my most recent (a relative term) post, I can’t deny it’s been three months since I last posted. My 2012 blogging New Year’s Resolution didn’t exactly take, did it? Over the years, I’ve heard writers vent their frustrations with writer’s block. I’ve listened dutifully to their laments but inwardly lacked understanding; I’m […]

Giveaway Winner Announcement

Thanks to those who entered your names for our book giveaway. The winner’s name was drawn early this morning. The giveaway prize, if you remember, was a copy of the book on the left. Congratulations to Nancy at ______@aol.com for winning this giveaway. Actually, I will be sending Nancy two copies (one to fill out and […]

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