A few years ago, I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Inside the greenhouse area, I was completely stunned to see the magnificent Cissus verticillata plant for the first time. At first, I didn’t even realize I was looking at a plant because this fascinating specimen has aerial roots that hang down like garlands. How incredible to think of letting your roots, your very source of life, hang totally exposed to the world! With no soil to protect them, everything that makes this plant exist is left completely vulnerable for all to see.Read More
Music from my garden
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Andy Warhol
When I slow down to take in the world around me, I am overwhelmed by the beauty and magic that surrounds us. These moments of wonder change and inspire me and I hope they will uplift you, too.
When I was growing up my family spent a few weeks every summer in El Portal, California, just outside Yosemite National Park. During the day, we splashed around in the river, in an area where the rapids were not too dangerous. We spent hours hopping from one rock to the next to cross the river. When you are down in the canyon in the midst of very powerful rapids, the sound is almost deafening and the velocity of the river is ominous. Looking down on all of this grandeur from the riverbank is a completely different experience. From this distance, the force of the river is inspiring…Read More
If only there could be little signs or cairns directing us on our path in life. How reassuring it would be to have confirmation that you made the right turn, or that you have reached your destination. How helpful it would be to have advanced warning about difficult times approaching.Read More
Every day, I hike the beautiful hills surrounding my home with my two dogs. My favorite trail winds down into a beautiful canyon, then turns to the left to follow a creek. I love this trail and to take it always feels like an indulgence to be savored. At the fork where we turn left, another trail goes to the right, down the hill…. When we got to the bottom of the canyon, I turned to the right for the first time.Read More
I am in awe of deciduous trees in the winter. They stand so tall and so proud, completely bare to the world during the harshest months of the year. To me, this is a remarkable example of self-care. A deciduous tree actually prepares itself to rest and restore. It lets go of everything it has worked so hard to produce, every single leaf.Read More