Purple Crayon

Purple Crayon

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I’m sure you are wondering why I’m titling this newsletter “Purple Crayons;” because it is back-to-school time and the very first children’s book that came into my head is Harold and the Purple Crayon.  I love this book because it is all about the flight of imagination pouring through the purple crayon, Harold, as the artist, with of course the author behind. Some more of my favorite children’s books are The Giving Tree, ... Read more
Here’s to your Health!

Here’s to your Health!

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I have long been an advocate to promoting gardens and gardening as a pathway to a healthy lifestyle. Aunt Sister lived to the ripe old age of 94. One day, she announced she was going out back to pull weeds. After she’d been out there awhile, someone thought they’d better check on her. There she was, planted into her garden bed, her final bed; she’d pulled her last weed. What a grand exit. Mazie, Aunt Sister’s “sister,” said ... Read more
“Read these Leaves…”

“Read these Leaves…”

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…is a line from a favorite Walt Whitman poem of mine called, “This is What You Shall Do.” Sounds rather like the 10 Commandments according to Walt Whitman, but the flavor is not all that different. Some of the remaining lines after the above are: “Read these leaves in the open air,  Every season of every year of your life…. ... Read more
Mellow Yellow…

Mellow Yellow…

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Mellow: Defined as: 1. Sweet, soft, juicy and full-flavored because of ripeness; 2. Rich and soft in quality; 3. Having the gentleness, wisdom or dignity often characteristic of wisdom; 4. Relaxed and at ease; genial; 5. Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated; 6. Moist, rich, soft and loamy. I didn’t realize when I dove into today’s writing that the definition would prove so garden-worthy. I will start by saying, exclusive of the obvious #6 about soil, that I feel ... Read more
In the Heat of the Night….

In the Heat of the Night….

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Boy was it a hot week…Night and Day…. All winter we want to be warm and then we get weeks like last week. Whew! One job site was filled with poison ivy. Yikes! The homeowner, an elderly couple, have a hard time keeping up with some of the garden work plus wanted some new plants, some too-large things removed, etc. So in we went. On the hottest day of the year I ... Read more