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Who’s Been Sleeping In My Philodendron?

A few days ago, I noticed my lush and leafy philodendron was sprouting very unphilodendrony growth. I scratched my head. In bygone days, errant canary seed might have been napping here. But alas, we had to bid our melodious friend

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A Thirty Second Blessing

The Internet tells us we can sing Happy Birthday, or recite a speech from the Scottish play when we wash our hands. Instead, I like to take those soapy thirty seconds for a blessing.

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“The Gates” Shimmer Still

That brilliant orange hit me like a bolt from the blue. Installations often leave me cold, but I gladly embraced New York in February to experience this artwork. Not just once, either. Again and again. Different times of day. Different weathers. Nine separate visits during the sixteen-day exhibit.

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Reading Aloud: A Writer Friday Post

Many of you have asked about my posts and have wondered what I’ve been up to these days. The answer is I am happy, healthy and engaged in creative activity, and thinking of you more often than you know.

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Gladdening Tasks: A Writer Wednesday Post

SunsetGrasses, photo & all text © Irene O’Garden The sun is setting on the growing time of year and the time of inward turning arises. Yesterday John and I squeaked in the very last moments of winter preparation before today’s

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Captioning Shadows: A Writer Wednesday Post

Long talks with family, friends and colleagues; many classes full of eager and rambunctious third-grade poets—my purse of words is all but spent this week, and I have scarce enough to caption shadows. And yet I have enough.

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Sergeant Eleanor: A Writer Wednesday Post

I remember so many people with special love on Veteran’s Day: my father Don, my father-in-law Len, my brother Dan, Uncle Johnny and the countless others who offered the gift of their service. Today I want to introduce you to Eleanor

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Unretouched: A Writer Wednesday Post

I often fiddle a bit with my photos—not much, but subtly increasing contrast or emphasizing a hue here or there to intensify what I perceive as their emotional impact. Not so with the photo above.

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Treeglow: A Writer Wednesday Post

In the midst of an errand-studded, socially-whirly, travel-mottled fortnight, and in lieu of lamely listing said dance card, I share an image that brings me peace, and the few words which occurred.

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