When Gary Burghoff (a.k.a. MASH’s Radar O’Reilly) stopped into the donut shop I worked at during college, I smiled politely while the other waitress clawed her way past me to wait on him. In Boston one night, I passed Paula Abdul and nodded hello as she passed. “PAULA!” squealed one of my friends and chased […]

Potted Prayers

“Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can
 become windows to the inner life. The simple act of stopping and 
looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.” 
- Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden • • • Above: rosemary, thyme, tarragon, oregano, basil and lemon verbena. Copies of The Sacred Garden: […]

Technology or Cheese: You Decide

In a recent commencement address, President Obama noted that with technology, “information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.” On the same day I read that, I saw this post on Jennifer Louden’s blog Comfort Queen: “For a few years now, […]

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

I am the first to admit, I struggle with the concept of The Secret. Just ask and there it is? State your intentions and you get them? But there are books written about this, right? And folks talk about it all the time…the secret, the laws of attraction, vision mapping. I’m sorry, I’m just not […]

Into Character

Yesterday, I was a princess. It didn’t take much. A crown with some fuchsia rhinestones and a purple, silk headband, both adorned with flowy, colorful ribbons. The ribbons were a gift from my friend Tara, who, bedecked in similar flowy, colorful fashion, sauntered off with me for a day at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival […]

*Change of Heart

When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts, the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the learned astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and […]