Renewal Awaits Us

Not often do both Palm Sunday and the first day of spring arrive together, but this year they do. Both events represent renewal in God’s scheme of things. Spring brings rebirth of the earth. Flowers awake from their slumber. Birds build nests for their young. Trees bud out, grass grows, the sun fills the sky […]

Color Makes My World

This week the first of the camellias popped open—bright pink, lacy flowers that cluster among the satiny green leaves. They joined the daffodils who already stand like trumpeters along a parade route, their cheery yellow petals little bursts of sun around the yard. I’m in love with color—everywhere it appears. And what’s  more important, I […]

Enduring Love

 **The man hurried to his early morning doctor’s appointment, anxious to see his physician and leave in time for his next appointment across town.  The practitioner asked the man what the urgent demand on his time was. He replied he went every morning to see his wife at the memory care facility where she’d been […]

Finding Hope in Hot Pink

With half of the nation imprisoned beneath a layer of snow and ice, I feel guilty reporting about what I found in my yard this week—a dozen camellia blossoms—already opened and blooming hot pink in the winter sun. I say winter because we’re still in February, which is amazing, considering past seasons in Oregon this […]

To Bloom Where Planted

Earlier this spring my husband brought home two discarded whiskey barrel planters from a work site. Delighted by their size and matching exteriors, I filled them with compost, planted flowers, waited for blooms. The containers didn’t disappoint. About a week ago, though, I noticed an odd green leaf poking out the side of the barrel. […]

A Bicycle Built for Two Baskets

24, Wrought iron. Knee high. Black. The two-wheeled bicycle plant stand caught my eye as my husband and I shopped the garden center offerings of our local supermarket. No chains. No brakes. Only two basket holders—one over the front wheel and one behind the tiny seat. Space enough for a bouquet of petunias or pansies. […]