Trowel and Error

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.” — John Erskine My favorite summer pastime is working outside in my garden — a pastime that inevitably leads me back to the keyboard in my home office. The following gardening essay was published in 2009 in […]

Gardening Wright

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  ~John Lubbock Despite all the work involved, owning and caring for a second home is a privilege — especially if that home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. For me, one of the most exciting aspects of our Wright home in St. Joseph is that […]

Call of the wild

Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel industry.”  ~Dave Barry, The Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need A sentimental favorite of mine, this essay originally appeared in The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Sunday Magazine in 1996, and was republished last year in Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Great Outdoors by Jennifer Bove. […]

Summer in the slow lane

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” — Sam Keen Fourth of July weekend is summer’s unofficial kickoff, starting with family picnics and ending in a blast of public fireworks. According to my calendar, there are roughly 12 weeks of summer left. For many of us, it’s tempting to cram those weeks with action-packed vacations […]