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I’ve decided to document the rebirth of the front garden (for starters—I may move on to brave the shed garden, the shade garden, the don’t-sit-under-the-apple-tree garden). It’s also a tale of my own rebirthing, from a rather nasty depression into the symbolically hopeful, soul-nurturing act of gardening.

You’ll find quite a few of my blogs are about gardening. I love flowers, I love to garden. This article I found on houzz.com describes garden designs for spaces you might not usually think of, right down to the types of flowers depicted in each. You don’t need a lot of space to place a […]

Falling water, green shade—above, the bells will toll the hour in echo of younger days. Sleep well, dearest old friend. We will meet again, and remember.  

Dan slapped across the surface of the nightstand in search of the buzzing cell phone, head pounding with each vibration of his palm against wood. Locating the instrument, he snatched it up to his ear, smacking himself in the temple. Ow. “Dan Stauffer here.” Dan cleared his throat before speaking again. “What’s up?” He glanced […]

On the 2nd of June, I drove up to Secaucus, New Jersey, parked in the hot parking lot, and headed on over to the train station. I felt rather proud of my confidence as I purchased my round trip ticket to Penn Station, stood with the rest of the people waiting for the train, and boarded. When […]

We’ve all heard of Betsy Ross, but I hadn’t been aware of this Revolutionary War maker of flags. Enjoy this article and your Fourth!