A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ “A Chapter of Definitions,” Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd Years ago, I planted Swamp Milkweed in my backyard. With a name like that, it’s a wonder anyone would plant it willingly in one’sContinue reading “A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty”

12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Every year in September as the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall, I become wistful for the summer. In winter, I miss the color — the greens ofContinue reading “12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs”

Hope through the Darkest Night

For many months, I have been walking underwater. This has been the toughest part of life I’ve ever imagined. Moving forward has been painful, and days have passed by in slow-motion. But this is how it is, isn’t it? Life isn’t easy. Sometimes life takes our breath away. Privacy is important when it comes toContinue reading “Hope through the Darkest Night”

Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables   During the month of May and the first half of June, the weather blew into Ohio in hot gusts, dry enough to wither theContinue reading “Gardens and a Beautiful Life: a Photojournal”

8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James 8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal Summer is my favorite season For its golden sunshine and sherbet sunrises For sundresses and walking barefoot in the garden For stacks of books and reading in theContinue reading “8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal”

Prague and the Longest Day of the Year

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  -Bern Williams In Prague, there is one sure way know that it is the longest day of the year: it is officially dark  from 11:30pm to 2:30am. Yes, we are at the shortest night of the year, and I can hardly imagineContinue reading “Prague and the Longest Day of the Year”

Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring

“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.” – Anonymous Here in Prague, the earth is bursting with blooms — brilliant yellow fields patch the countryside, centuries’ old lilacs line boulevards, and petticoat-rimmed peonies wave in the spring breeze. It’s beautiful. Can you tell I’m a gardener at heart? We are luckyContinue reading “Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring”

Sunshine, Freedom, and a Little Bit of Friends

Posted on July 27, 2010 “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Anderson   This week, a gorgeous visitor surprised me at our home, cloaked in delicate colors and fluttering about on the breeze. At our home in the US, we would haveContinue reading “Sunshine, Freedom, and a Little Bit of Friends”

The Bright Side of the Road

“Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne   What do you think of when you hear the word change? When I hear the word change, I don’t think of jingling coins in a pocket, orContinue reading “The Bright Side of the Road”