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Our Summer So Far

The first month of summer has drifted by like a river, unstoppable. Most days I was out in the garden first thing in the morning, the time I used to use for writing, and on the days I didn’t garden, I went for a walk. So instead of writing, I breathed in fresh air, wrestled […]

Consider the Flowers of the Fields

As I was walking along, busy talking to God about a very difficult matter, feeling almost hopeless despite my prayers, I was interrupted by this.  Yes, a baby honeysuckle bush at the very edge of our lawn!  What a surprise! God can do that, you know. In fact, he can do anything.  I know that.  […]

Fighting Quack Grass—and Sin

Every spring I come face to face with weeds in our garden. There are the little ones, easy to uproot and get rid of. And then there’s quack grass. In the early spring it looks beautifully lush, soft, and green. It is possible to pull isolated clumps out, the ones that started from last year’s […]

Books: Clouds and Nature Photo Essays

Sometimes when I go out into nature I don’t know what to look for or even what I’m looking at. I need someone with knowledge to be my guide, but such guides are hard to find. Books can help, though. Two books that I have read recently help me to understand, give me vocabulary, and […]

1480 Crocuses, Revisited

A year and a half ago, our children bought hundreds of crocus bulbs and helped me plant them. A crocus-filled lawn is something I had dreamed about for years and I could hardly believe it was actually going to happen. In fact, the next spring I was so excited that I actually turned my chair […]

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