Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.

William Faulkner


Happy Birthday, America!!



I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

Sylvia Plath


Nature smiles back, though we did wonder if some human intervened in this one.

An early morning hike at Castlewood Canyon last weekend. The hubster, Juniper, and I met our friend (and my brother from another mother) Jeff for a beautifully misty adventure!

Jeff’s favorite tree…

I AM short, but Greg was also standing on a taller bit of rock. How adorable is Juniper’s bandana!!


pussy toes

coral charm peony

this yarrow starts yellow then gets rusty



going bananas peony – it’s really called that!

Every time I walk the garden looking for new blooms, I think of my Grandma Tess and how she’d ask me to post pictures of our Portland garden blooms. I feel as though we wander the garden together, these days, with her voice telling me what she likes and helping me find those rogue weeds trying to disguise themselves as other foliage. Here’s to you, Grandma!





Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, “Wait and hope.”

Alexandre Dumas


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