Backyard exhibition

Whether it’s classical urns or pink plastic flamingos, limestone saints or impish ceramic elves, Ionic Styrofoam pedestals or poured concrete birdbaths, you are the curator of your own backyard exhibition.” — Mary Randolph Carter I believe a garden should be more than rows of groomed beds and well-tended flowers. Just as the interior of a […]

Soul sisters

Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?”  ~Alice Walker A dear friend of mine is undergoing cancer surgery this week. It’s the kind of surgery I can’t imagine having to face, and while my friend is handling it with grace and courage, my heart is breaking for her. She’s part […]

Vintage duds

Clothes make the man.  Naked people have little or no influence on society.”  ~Mark Twain I have a love-hate relationship with fashion — or, should I say, fashion trends? I’m suspicious of magazines that try to dictate what’s in and what’s out. And I resent the fashion editors and “style experts” who make me feel […]

Wild things

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert Einstein I’m always tickled when my essays are chosen for new story collections. Released this summer, Jennifer Bove’s Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Great Outdoors, includes a piece I wrote about surviving Cub Scout camp when my son was a […]