Tuesday, May 17, 2011


“Farming feeds
the world, and
we must remember
that pollinators
are a critical
link in our food

-- Paul Growald,
Co-Founder, Pollinator partnership

Check out this worthwhile project here.  I downloaded and began to read the planting guide for my region today.  I am beginning gardens in a little rental home.  Though I wont be able to take the gardens with me when my lease is up, I can leave a little beauty behind for the next tenants, and for the pollinators as well!

Monday, May 9, 2011


May flowers bloom at your feet...

May blue skies cheer you...

May you walk in peace
And if you need to, may you start anew.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

(all images are from Mother's Day: around my home and from a hike with 3 of my children.)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother Earth

The poetry of Mary Oliver sings of the beauty of our mother earth so perfectly, so I chose this poem to post on Mother's Day.  
Morning Poem

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

from Dream Work (1986) by Mary Oliver
© Mary Oliver
Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.