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Today, as Forever

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” – Carl Sagan I met an old friend at the airport, both of us heading for the same plane, and we caught up on each other’s lives until we boarded the plane and went our separate ways on the other end…

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Until We Are Not

The singular and cheerful lifeof any flowerin anyone’s gardenor any still unowned field— if there are any—catches meby the heart,by its color, by its obedienceto the holiest of laws:be aliveuntil you are not.– Mary Oliver, The Singular and Cheerful Life We all have gut punches along the way. Moments of bliss interrupted by the fiercest…

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Breaking Garden (and Life) Rules

I regularly break the accepted rules of gardening. Rules like putting the tall plants in the back of the garden. But when something like a balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) or bee balm (Monarda) are shoved way to the back you lose something intimate that you gain when they’re right in your face. So my apologies…

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The Battle of Timidity and Boldness

“Focus your attention on the link between you and your death, without remorse or sadness or worrying. Focus your attention on the fact you don’t have time and let your acts flow accordingly. Let each of your acts be your last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will your acts have their rightful power….

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Making the Sun Run

But at my back I always hearTime’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;And yonder all before us lieDeserts of vast eternity… Let us roll all our strength and allOur sweetness up into one ball,And tear our pleasures with rough strifeThrough the iron gates of life:Thus, though we cannot make our sunStand still, yet we will make him…