Small Beginnings

I am not a gardener. At all. My dream house would have no green space to maintain at all…or, better yet, I’d win the lottery and be able to pay someone to maintain it all for me! Nevertheless, I awoke this morning determined to give my full attention to the sad looking flower beds surrounding the house. After … More Small Beginnings


There are few things I enjoy more than being out in nature, especially when the weather is lovely and the prevalence of pesky insects is low. Such was my recent experience on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a picture-perfect day. Temperatures in the low seventies. Brilliant sunshine against a cloudless sky. As I … More Unaware

The Rising in the Sky

Every morning, I follow the same routine. Shut off the alarm clock. Turn on the light. Clamber down the steps. Get a cup of coffee. Savor the first sips of the steaming cup, draw back the dining room curtains, and look out at the stars. And, just as predictable as my routine, every clear morning, a velvety-black, star-lit … More The Rising in the Sky

Sin, Spiders, and Sir Walter Scott

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott Marmion, Canto VI, XVII Deception. We see it everywhere, every day. Shady business deals. Corrupt political schemes. Little (and not-so-little) white lies. Facades, “fronts,” masks, that hide our true selves from others. Deception. We hate it. And yet, … More Sin, Spiders, and Sir Walter Scott