Grief is a sacred journey

My Land and Home

A Painting, a Pyramid, and my Longing

“I brought you a gift,” my daughter-in-law Liz said the day after the launch party for Leaning into Love. She seemed unusually shy. “Really, Liz? Another gift? You gave me the gift of driving from North Carolina to

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A Book Launch, an Engagement, and a Pyramid

My family enjoys extravaganzas. It was my husband Vic’s style. If you can’t celebrate in a big way, why bother? I remember my surprise birthday party staged by Vic in 1968. Friends walked down the hill toward our Cayuga

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Planting Joy in a Season of Sorrow

Go outside and plant, a wise voice in me said. You need flowers. Garden plants sat on the porches and at the side of the house. They were hardened off and ready to go in the ground. Part

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Spring Desire at the Hardware Store

“I need a hinge for an exterior door,” I tell the man at Agway. “It’s this way,” he says, waving his hand in the direction he’s walking. He’s a thick man, muscular and short. He wears a

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My Favorite Mother’s Day Gifts: Life, Hope, and Bluebirds

I watched the twin nesting boxes for days in April. Cold wind blasted rain against the house windows. Then it snowed. Bluebirds were late. Would they ever come? Years ago, my husband Vic rebuilt a remnant of

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Before and After: When My Old Life Died, a New Life Began

My life is divided into Before—the time between meeting my husband Vic in 1966 and his death in 2008—and After. I am no longer a wife and partner. I am still a mother, although my adult sons

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Healed by Nature, Inspired by Love

In 1967, Vic persuaded me to lie in a sleeping bag on the cold ground in March. We held each other while waves of green, yellow, and pink tinted the sky—a divine aurora borealis lightshow. It was

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Flowers, Butterflies, and Bees on my Finger Lakes Land: 2013

Zinnia and Swallowtail Trout Lily Crocus Coreopsis Day Lilies Ragged Robin Shirley Poppy Zinnia and Swallowtail Angel Trumpet Zinnia and Skipper Butterfly New England Aster Zinnia and Swallowtail Wishing you a Joyous New Year. Flowers will return
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Sunsets over Seneca Lake Valley: 2013

January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 Seneca Lake November 2013 Venus at Sunset, December 2013 Sending the gift of inspiring sunsets from my
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The Copper Vessel: Prayer Walk for a Gas Free Seneca

My legs ache and a blister throbs, but I don’t stop or slow down.  I focus on the copper vessel ahead of me with its beaded red cloth cover. It holds water collected four days ago at

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