Browsing All posts tagged under »gardening«

Let’s Play It By Ear

July 22, 2013


The subject of ears seemed to come up a lot. Maybe it was because we spent so much time seated in crowded classrooms with our hands folded on the desk in front of us. Or because we had such an incurable penchant for doing things, in school and elsewhere, that required a grown-up to respond […]

Seeds of Disappointment

June 6, 2013


Summer is right around the corner, although people have been saying that for weeks, and I’m beginning to wonder just how far away this corner is. But in the blind belief that warm weather – and an actual growing season – will be here soon, I’ve begun my annual routine of purchasing packets of seeds […]

Help Has Arrived, and Just In Time

December 31, 2011


Life seems to be getting more and more complicated. You must’ve noticed that, because even I’ve noticed it, and believe me, a lot of things escape my attention. For example, I frequently walk around for the better part of a day with a dryer sheet hanging out from the bottom of my pants. Last week, […]

More Misunderstandings (Canadian Version)

December 7, 2010


My wife and I arrived in 1993 for our first visit to Prince Edward Island, a place that would eventually become our home. Soon after driving off the ferry and getting onto the Trans-Canada Highway, I noticed the cars coming the other way all had their headlights on. Where we came from, the only time […]

Cause & Effect (Part 1)

August 3, 2010


Humans are forever trying to explain what they see, to look at some object or condition and figure out what actions produced that result. It’s called Cause & Effect, and we use it all the time in just about every area of life. We plant five rose bushes. Three of them do really well, one […]

Eating Quicksand, and My Words

July 17, 2010


I resisted blogging for a long time. I even made fun of the word: blogging. It seemed to describe the sound you’d make if you were drowning in quicksand. Even worse was the term blogosphere. I’m not sure why, but I pictured a huge glass ball splattered with mud. I still do, actually. The truth […]

A Personal Ad

June 8, 2010


MARRIED COUPLE, EARLY FIFTIES. SEEKS OTHER COUPLES FOR CONVERSATION, COMPANIONSHIP, AND FUN. No, really. We’re not into anything weird. We’re just tired of talking about the weather and the price of gas. And we’re hoping there are others out there who might be feeling the same way. Here’s a little about us. We enjoy traveling, partly […]

Whining about Grapes

May 18, 2010


The Greeks introduced grapes to Sicily around 600 BC. That’s a lot of time to figure out how to do something, and ever since, Sicilians have been pretty successful at cultivating and processing those grapes for various uses. All four of my grandparents were from Sicily and my mother was born there, so it was […]

Lessons from the Dandelion

May 17, 2010


I guess it started about five years ago. I noticed the dandelions on our lawn were bigger, their roots stronger and deeper. Local laws concerning the sale and use of weed killer had changed, but never much of a lawn fanatic, I was unaware of the new regulations. I’d always tolerated dandelions, and if suddenly […]