How Do You Move Between Two Choices?

In the high controversy testimony of Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, there is an irresistible pull to line up on one side or the other.  Who do I believe?  Who do I trust? What are the values being honored-or dishonored? Even though I have strong opinions, it feels difficult to identify and acknowledge

The Language of Love

I’ve been visiting my dad and stepmother.  My English-speaking dad is hard of hearing and although my stepmother speaks English, she’s originally from El Salvador and her native tongue is Spanish.  To top it off, although my dad has a hearing aid, he doesn’t like wearing it.   In this household, many things

Celebrate The Last Of Summer

A few times a year, I share a poem. Here’s to celebrating the last of summer… September Midnight By Sara Teasdale Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer, Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing, Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects, Ceaseless, insistent. The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off,

Where Do You Bloom?

“Bloom where you are planted.”   The most positive meaning is Do the best you can under the circumstances in which you find yourself. Fair enough.   However, as a gardener, I know that plants require different circumstances to thrive.   Overwatering a cactus and underwatering a Peace Lily are the surest ways