Grief gardening
Apr08

Grief gardening

I have to keep this post short, but I will explore this topic again soon. In recent years, I have had more than my fair share of grief. Losses and fears sometimes seemed to swallow me. At one point, I really just wanted the pain to stop. I was in a labyrinth of my brain and I could find no way to safety. After some intensive help and care, I start to make my most significant recovery from depression yet. One of my ways to be peaceful...

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Farming
Apr07

Farming

A few years ago, one of my best buds started experimenting with backyard farming. She took her small backyard and transformed it during less than one summer into this amazing farming landscape. It was both beautiful and edible! The produce she generated was not only enough for the family to eat, but also to have driveway markets every week. Her example – which she made look like no sweat – has been very inspiring to me....

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Elephants
Apr05

Elephants

My grandmother had an obsession with elephants. I am fairly certain it was born of her life-long Republicanism. Grandma was a wonderful woman. She had seven children and I don’t know if anyone has counted the grandchildren in a few decades. She died in 1982 when I was 11 years old, but I still miss her and have dreams about her today. Her birthday is on Monday. She was born Victoria Jane Jones, a name I always thought was so...

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Dogs
Apr04

Dogs

Dogs have always been a part of my family since birth. I got my first, VERY OWN dog when I was four. My dad let me pick a puppy from a litter of Schnauzers my grandma’s dog had. A little black puppy who liked to come out of the melee to see me was, of course, the only one for me. I chose her name – Henrietta – after Henrietta the Hippo on the New Zoo Revue. It was my favorite show at the time and I wanted to be...

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Cell phones
Apr03

Cell phones

I am not a person who has to have her cell phone constantly in her hand. I will often go days without checking email or social media. Somehow, life goes on without it. But I would be lying if I said I could live without it. I need it. I only have about 4 of the 125 phone numbers in it memorized. I turn to the calculator several times a day. I would be SUNK without my calendar – or, more accurately, calendars. I use it to do my...

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