Something Marvelous

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“In all things of nature there is something marvelous.” -Aristotle I recall how awe-inspiring it was the first time I laid eyes on the Teton range. The lack of foothills on the eastern side makes for quite a dramatic view of the mountains (that said, the peaks are equally beautiful on the western slope). After … Continued

In Keeping With the Season

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Today is National Public Gardens Day (who knew there was such a thing)? As a gardener, a landscape photographer, and one who enjoys gardens in all sizes and styles – it sounds good to me! This seems like a great weekend to visit (and linger) in a public garden near you…

Gardeners’ Wisdom

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“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” If you’re a gardener, you know this is true! It always amazes me how quickly the landscape transforms from sleeping to wide awake and bursting with vibrance in the spring. Though stiff winds here in eastern Idaho can make for an exceedingly short blooming … Continued

Welcome, May!

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Every month has something wonderful to offer. For my money, though, there is nothing like the month of May. I worried a bit that moving to the high altitude of the Intermountain West might put a real damper on my favorite time of year, but happily (so far, at least) this hasn’t been the case. … Continued

National Pet Day

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I get a kick out of these offbeat observances. Usually I just chuckle, but today I’m all in! A pet has been part of my household for most of my life. Our current furry friend actually adopted us. She showed up on our doorstep not too long after we arrived in Idaho, nothing but skin … Continued

April Showers

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There actually are April showers falling outside my window today – though not far from here up at altitude, it’ll be snowing. Winter hasn’t let go just yet! While my eyes are on the garden, they’re still skiing in the Tetons. That said, it’s coming. Even in Grand Teton National Park, where winter likes to … Continued

The Season of Singing

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It doesn’t look like this yet outside my window…but I know it won’t be long! “Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.” Indeed!

Lincoln’s Birthday

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Once upon a time, before the Monday Holiday Bill, there was no such thing as “President’s Day.” In Illinois (The Land of Lincoln), where I was born and raised, every kid knew when Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was: February 12th. It was a state holiday….and it was acknowledged on the actual date. Imagine that! There is, … Continued

Morning by Morning

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Last Sunday morning in my church, one of the hymns which was sung is a favorite of mine. It’s based on a wonderful passage from the Book of Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. If you’ve … Continued