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Half Moon

Half Moon

This early morning, the waning half moon was reflected in my little fish pond. Poets, especially Zen poets, and philosophers, such as Plato, use the image of the moon’s reflection in water to try to tell us about Awareness. Once we see/feel Awareness, we understand at a deep level that life is a dream. LifeRead more about Half Moon[…]

Azalea Patience

Azalea Patience

This evening, my garden group went to visit an azalea garden. Doug has collected seed and grown dozens of azaleas from seed. His specialty is azaleas in the orange-flamingo-salmon-peach range of colors–each one breath-taking, some of them bi-color. How much patience does it take to grow an azalea from seed to flower? Three years, accordingRead more about Azalea Patience[…]

Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads

I just discovered a patch of fiddleheads in a damp spot near my lawn. Everywhere else, the ostrich ferns have unfurled, but in this one spot, this late spot, the fiddleheads are just poking up. I harvested a colander-ful. I love harvesting wild vegetables. Fiddleheads taste like a cross between asparagus and broccoli stem. TheyRead more about Fiddleheads[…]

Ramping

Ramping

Wild leeks, also known as ramps, grow in rich woods. Once you find a patch, that’s the place to go to harvest them in mid-spring, right about now. I only share my secret place with my very best friends. What’s your secret, safe place–the one you share with your good friends? Where do you findRead more about Ramping[…]

Violets

Violets

Violets are blooming in my yard–white violets and violet violets. The person in my family who mows the lawn is ecstatic. “They’re so beautiful!” I do not remind him that in previous years he preferred the clean-cut look of new-mown grass, while i cried, “But the violets!” This May, we are both in love withRead more about Violets[…]