Ripe for the Picking

Much to the consternation of our neighbors (I fear), we have an urban garden. This year the rain and the mosquitos have overtaken it, and we’ve mostly left it to its own devices, including the raspberry thicket and the volunteer mystery vine emerging from the compost bin. My great-grandmother introduced me to red raspberries. She […]



A Rose By Any Other Name

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Nashville, TN, 2012 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



For Sally

A year ago, L.A. had it’s hottest day on record and we lost a dear friend.



Lessons From New York City

The Staten Island Ferry is free…but it doesn’t take you to the Statue of Liberty. That would be the Liberty Island Ferry, and it will cost you both time and money. There are rats in the subway; six year old boys think this is cool. So do 40 year old ones. Starbucks on 31st and […]



Sometimes It Doesn’t Turn Out How We Think It Will

That’s what my friend tells me about the future. And she tends to be right. Darnedest thing about wise and insightful friends. Nine weeks ago today, my husband was talking to his aunt, our dear friend, on the phone while she was waiting at the bus stop for her daughter to return at the end […]