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Forgive often and always

Living a life of grace requires a constant effort to forgive those who offend us. That does not diminish the wounds afflicted on us, but forgiveness renders freedom from resentment, anger and jealousy. That may take time but the reward is infinite. Forgiveness heals and makes everything new in us and most likely others.


“It is easy to find truth, though it is hard to face it and still harder to follow it.”

–Fulton Sheen


They flee recklessly

From failing homeland chaos

To new unchartered soil

O, God, send down sovereignty over all your nations

Saint Rita, we succour you intercession for the Distressed and the Hopeless

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“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

–Vincent van Gogh

If you have a slopping backyard like I do, growing fruits and veggies in a variety of containers on the deck is a great solution.

Who doesn’t enjoy picking fresh strawberries, tomatoes, salad leaves, herbs, carrots, miniature peppers and even Swiss chard off of a patio or deck?

Starting now, I’m seeing myself enjoying these edible plants to produce a daily healthy supply for my table.

A tip, select a container that is at least 18 inches deep to give plants roots to grow and hold moisture.

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“Where there were grandmothers, there was always lilac.”

–Laura Miller

My grandmother had a beautiful courtyard embellished with lilac bushes that I would pinch a stem to give her.


Lilac canopy

Dangling fragile beauty

Maternal love blooms

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“Now, if you want to tidy up in a hurry, think of your living room as a big clock.  Start at midnight, and then go around the room working clockwise toward the kitchen.  You’ll be done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

–Betty White

I like Betty’s assessment of renovating a home, just because it requires selective focus and creative negotiation…which is a passion of mine.

When my Beloved spouse shared a dream from the Lord, he said without hesitation, “We shall stay in this house and renovate it to our liking one project at a time.”  WOW was my reply, and I began to formulate a list of projects.  Now, moving from pain management to selective renovations sounds good to me… besides getting back to driving and shopping.  After all, we will have fun working together to retrofit our oasis.

If renovating something about your life, I wish you the best!

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