Tag Archives: nature

Transformation under our noses and on the back porch

Photo by JB Late last fall, on JB’s walk home from the bus from the Botanic Gardens, he spotted a cocoon attached to the side of a building. Because he feared kids would be curious about it and likely destroy … Continue reading

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Preparing the soil and planting

The weather for the past several days has been beautiful. I have been working in the garden. I have always loved working in the garden, but I find myself working more slowly and carefully these days, paying more attention, being … Continue reading

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Push through the asphalt and cement

The photo above was taken by JB in our backyard. For the past 3 or 4 years, I have been planting old books around the garden, some of them from the days when I was teaching. There is something very … Continue reading

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A splendid October day

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Lunching on Joe Pye Weed in the east garden

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Wow! Moby Dick

I just finished reading Moby Dick. For the first time. Somehow in school I was never required to read it. Somehow in all the reading I have done for my own personal pleasure since, I have never been enticed by … Continue reading

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Morning at the Botanic Gardens

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The day lilies have landed

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Respite from school

Yesterday a small group of students and I did some clean-up work in Washington Park not far from school. The weather was absolutely perfect— that mystical gray of almost rain without any hint of chill in the air. Armed with … Continue reading

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Freshly picked fiddlehead ferns in dinner salad, tree peony, and daffodils

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