Rainy day mindfulness

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I was up before dawn to catch the ferry for an early-morning teenager-delivery errand.  There’s always a pang after dropping a kidlet off at school, or in this case, his Sea Cadets duty.  That moment of ungroundedness wondering what to do next, a fleeting moment of being without direction or a reason to be.  A […]

A study in contrasts

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We sold our house this summer and are gratefully staying in a rental with a garden while we look for a new house.  It’s a designed garden, not diminished because it wasn’t created by the homeowner, nor greater because it was purchased; it’s a pleasant amalgam of a designer’s eye and a collector’s heart, filled […]

Toxic Mushrooms of Christmas Past

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It’s early dawn and the blue-grey cast of light illuminates the frosty lawn.  Our children are quietly putting together their legos, delivered by Father Christmas and his blue-eyed reindeer.  We’re pretty secular in our household, celebrating both winter solstice with candles and lantern walks and Christmas with an evergreen tree and presents.  The kids hung […]

Summer and Winter

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No one ever talks about taking a stroll around the garden in winter, but maybe you should.  Wrap yourself in a warm scarf, pour a mug of tea, and get outside. Winter Wakeup Just when you’ve resigned yourself to a long grey winter and the frost has blackened your border into a mushy pile, this […]

Peaches and Cream

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When we bought our house in Seattle, we knew we didn’t want to be under looming trees for the long gloomy winters.  Our house has a bright, exposed lawn to the east, just a broad expanse of ’50s lawn connected to each other house on the block.  Imagine the sound of wooden screen doors banging […]