Enriching Your Life


There is an old saying, “Stop, and smell the roses.” It’s a reminder to slow down and take a moment to breathe in the aroma of something beautiful.  If you are not in close proximity to a rose garden, this can be a challenge.  A similar experience to slowing down is to lie back and watch the clouds.  The summertime sky  in Colorado produces an... Read More

Old Time Emojis

It is unclear exactly when “Hobo” first appeared on the American railroading scene. With the end of the American Civil War in the 1860s, many discharged veterans returning home began hopping freight trains. Others looking for work and no prospects at home followed the railways west aboard freight trains in the late 19th century to try their luck elsewhere. The origin of the word, Hobo, according... Read More

Where the Wild Strawberry Grows

Along a quiet mountain trail nestled among the tangled weeds, lay hidden the wild strawberry. Wild strawberries are tiny but incredibly sweet and full of flavor nuances that are missing in the massive cultivated varieties available in grocery stores. The grocery store varieties were hybridized from wild strawberries; which are the  common Fragaria virginiana and Fragaria chiloensis. After farmers in Persia started cultivating this delicious... Read More

How Do You Say…Father?

Fathers are unique.  This certainly was a sentiment true for Sonora Louise Smart (Dodd) of Spokane, Washington in 1909.  She witnessed the love and devotion of her father William, a Civil War Veteran raise a newborn and his five other children after the death of his wife.  At the age 27, Sonora was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and pondered why there wasn’t a... Read More

Arboreal Architecture

There is an ‘inner-child’ fascination with secret hide-outs, building blanket forts, and climbing into the canopy of a tree.  All of these transport us into another space and time.  As the summer months begin with long days stretching out ahead, we look for activities to intrigue and entertain. A good place to start is to read Johann David Wyss’ book, Swiss Family Robinson to spark... Read More


noun  grad·u·a·tion \ˌgra-jə-ˈwā-shən\ “Is this the little girl [we] carried? Is this the little boy at play? [We] don’t remember growing older When did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he get to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday When they were small? ~Sunrise, sunset~ Swiftly flow the days. Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, Blossoming even as we gaze. Swiftly... Read More

My Mother’s Garden

My Mother kept a garden, A garden of the heart; She planted all the good things That gave my life its start. She turned me to the sunshine And encouraged me to dream. . . Fostering and nurturing The seeds of self-esteem. And when the winds and rains came, She protected me enough. . . But not too much ~ she knew I’d need To... Read More

O Spring, O Spring, Wherefore Art Thou Spring?

Spring, an elusive season in Colorado…  March 20th, 2017 ~ First Day of Spring in Denver was “refreshingly cool” with a high of 75℉ , but wait ~ April 29th “heavy snow” with a high of 30℉! To top it all off, a Frost Advisory for the metro area May 3rd. What’s a gardener to do? Throw in the trowel, perhaps. Let’s look at the... Read More

Wish Flowers

“WISH FLOWERS” O, rich and haughty, King of village flowers! Each day is coronation time, You have no humble hours. I like to see you bring a troop To beat the blue-grass spears, To scorn the lawn-mower that would be Like fate’s triumphant shears, Your yellow heads are cut away, It seems your reign is o’er. By noon you raise a sea of stars More... Read More

The Paradox of Time

The paradox of time in history is that we: Have taller buildings, but shorter tempers Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints We spend more, but have less We buy more, but enjoy it less We have bigger houses and smaller families Bigger churches and smaller congregations A multitude of prayers, but very little faith A blessed life, but lack of gratitude A loving God for our... Read More