An Irish Wish

For each petal on the shamrock. This brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness For today and every day. • • • Cicely Mary Barker’s White Clover Fairy was first published in the 1925 classic Flower Fairies of the Summer.

Aspiring to Gratitude

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” — G.K. Chesterton […]

Planting Seeds & Writing Words: An Anniversary

Every year, we plant seeds we hope will take root and grow. We set them into earth we think to be fertile, cover them with our dreams and expectations, and wait patiently for those first signs of fruition. In the garden, we know the signs—this time of year especially, when the familiar shoots of crocus […]

Canal Street Epiphany

Maddy and I were shopping on Canal Street in New York City. My polite “No thank you” replies to the onslaught of “Tiffany! Tiffany! You buy?” catcalls clearly indicated my novicity. Thirteen blocks of brand-name idolatry was her pilgrimage, but I didn’t see any religious icons in the dimly lit backroom we entered solemnly. Behind […]

Celebrating Women in Words + Art

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Today’s worldwide celebrations mark the 100 year anniversary of IWD, and includes events in more than 25 countries. Part of those celebrations is the Global IWD Women’s Arts Initiative, showcasing the collective creative ability of […]

*Here it comes!

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. — Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant” • • •

Backyard Respite

Despite our shoreline location, the main streets in my town do not afford water views. Landlocked, only the roadside salt marshes and seagulls give hint to the beauty that lies mere miles from the commercial heartbeat of this bustling little town. But friends are visiting this week from Texas and staying at a lovely bed […]