Monthly Archives: May 2012

Surrounded by Beauty, Consumed by Joy: My Visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden

Flower If you lean closer to learn how water climbs into a Flower You will hear the Moon sing in the Night of Roots. –Pablo Neruda Simple pleasures . . . a kind word from a friend, a heart-felt compliment from a loved one, … Continue reading

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Remembering the Fallen and Walking on Hallowed Ground at Arlington National Cemetery

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake For many of us–and, I’m ashamed to admit, myself included–Memorial Day has come to represent … Continue reading

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This Is It: The End of the Beginning

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.–T. S. Eliot (“Little Gidding”) How is it possible that one little day on the … Continue reading

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I’m Still Smiling

I didn’t snore.  I didn’t scream awake with a single leg cramp.  I didn’t drool in my sleep on the metro, and I didn’t get “accidentally” lost in the crowds.  I did, however, smile until my cheeks hurt, I did gaze … Continue reading

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