seasons


The Good Old Summer Time Takes on New Meaning

The Memorial Day Folk Music Celebration at Robert Frost’s Connemara Homestead is one of my favorites. Not just because of the outdoor setting, but also because it’s one of the few events I attend that’s guaranteed to attract a multi-generational crowd. The four o’clock screening of “Passion” (biopic about Emily […]


Solstice Meditation 3

A Wise Woman Once Said To Me Be in your spirit place, Don’t measure; Just listen, Accept what is – and move on. Today we mark a turning from shrinking days into growing light. If you’ve been dwelling in a place that was shuttered, confusing, or without warmth – for whatever […]


Thanks to All Who Care

November is National Family Caregivers Month. As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving Week, let’s remember to give a special nod to those who offer their time and energy, often at the risk of their own health and finances, to ensure the well-being of our nation’s frail elderly and disabled loved ones. […]


Everything Old is New Again

Alas, we are “only human” and struggle at best to get a broad or long range view of our relative importance to the scheme of things. How futile it is to be a selfish species when in reality, we are only self-centered (like infants) – there is a whole universe of connectedness […]


Past the Peak 7

  It’s a beautiful late autumn day on our ridge. What image comes to mind reading those words? Blazing autumn color highlighted by warm Indian summer sunshine perhaps. Not so. While this has been one of the most dramatically colorful and extended fall seasons in Western North Carolina, today the leaves […]


All’s Well That Ends Well

When I got my hair cut the day after Christmas, my stylist asked how the holiday had been for me. “Well,” I said, “My husband has the flu, my Mom’s second chemo treatment was postponed, and our dog went blind. Do you want to hear more?” 2014 wasn’t the best […]


Remembering the Past, Looking Forward 2

When the mountain mornings grow crisp, the hummingbirds feed more diligently to prepare for their long journey, and the school buses slow down the morning and afternoon rush hour, I always remember earlier decades when my life shifted more dramatically as the season changed. As a youngster, autumn meant new […]


Up and Outward Bound

I’ve received my first royalty check from sales at Amazon.com and excerpts from Not Done Yet, woven into a single narrative, won Second Place Honors in the Henderson County Silver Arts competition last week. Tipsy-making! I’ve also gotten a couple of early opportunities to speak about my transplant journey, and […]