Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

Carnevale, Mardi Gras, and Masquerade

For a few years when we were first married, my husband and I lived in New Orleans. What a fun place that was! So when the parades for Mardi Gras rolled around, we walked the couple blocks to the parade route, caught beads, and reveled in the city-wide party. New Orleans is another world, truly.Continue reading “Carnevale, Mardi Gras, and Masquerade”

Awakening: Seeing Spring and Its Laughter

Earth laughs in flowers.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson Isn’t it refreshing to feel Spring coming on? To me, the smells are always a sign of Spring–the fragrance of sunlight on fresh earth, the clean silver rain pattering on pavement, the moment-by-moment unfolding of the world coming alive. It’s an awakening. As the flowers begin to unfurlContinue reading “Awakening: Seeing Spring and Its Laughter”

Stop and Smell the Flowers

“Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.” -Walter Hagen In the whirl of a wired world, business never slows, time never stops, and we find little rest. Life passes quickly, numbing our hearts and wearing us down to exhaustion. But our livesContinue reading “Stop and Smell the Flowers”

The Garden Fairies’ Return

Outside the doors, the world is changing, greening, coming alive. I love spring for so many reasons, but probably most for reimmersion with hope. Where the world was dead and ugly now is verdant and full of life, and beautiful. The bouquet sitting on my table as I write is bursting with fragrance and bloom—tulips,Continue reading “The Garden Fairies’ Return”

5 Great Ways to Experience Spring

Today as I write, I look outside and see brown. Everywhere brown. There is something about this time of year and the oft-times biting cold and lingering darkness that makes me yearn for the blue skies and green grass of summer. Green. Yes, what I long for is green to come from the brown. aContinue reading “5 Great Ways to Experience Spring”

To Delight in a Rose

Given the state of the all current news (sour) and the economy (abysmal), and given the fact that outside my window as I write this, snow falls atop inches more of snow, I have to write about something colorful, something beautiful, and something that lifts my spirits (as I hope it does yours)—roses. Ah, yes,Continue reading “To Delight in a Rose”