Tag Archive: trees

Reflection on Pack Square

Sunshine and good company are a big help. A Year Ago: Crudo [Palette] The food at Table was beautiful, delicious, and plentiful… [read more]

A Commitment of Trees

Yesterday I planted 15 tree saplings on my property: 3 redbud, 3 persimmon, 3 black cherry, and 6 crape myrtles. It was the hardest physical work I’ve done in years, and every muscle in body aches today, especially in my hands and forearms from breaking up the heavy, clayey soil. And I still have 6…

A Break in the Weather

Yes, the sky was that blue. And it was warm. More of the same, please. Two Years Ago: Arm in Arm Ah, young love… [read more]

If You Don’t Like The Weather…

…wait five minutes. Heavy blizzardy snow. So pretty! I leave the office, scrape off the half-inch of snow that’s fallen in the last ten minutes, and head home. Here’s the scene when I pull into my driveway, about 5 minutes later. Blizzard? What blizzard? This blizzard. Aaaaaand it’s back! Five minutes later it’s coming down…

Among The Ruins

When I was a young person, I was captivated by the stories of the lost cities of Central America. The etchings and early photographs of archeological wonders eaten up by the jungle—vines and trees swallowing the monumental remains of lost peoples—the romance and mystery of those images remains with me to this day. Even in…

A Winter Story

The snow and wind arrived tonight, and the relatively mild beginning to the year is being erased with 60-mile-an-hour gusts and single-digit windchill. I am glad to be safely at home and will be grateful if my roof doesn’t get blown off. A Year Ago: Abundance I wake up sometimes with a jolt worrying about…

The Sun on the Horizon

So: year’s end. Whether you see a sunrise or a sunset in this image depends on which way you think you’re facing. Are you facing East or West? Are you dwelling on the past or looking toward the future? Is this the close of a last chapter or the start of some new enterprise? Or…

Turtledoves in a Cherry Tree

Maple Glory

Weather in the 60s today shunts aside the chill of winter, so I hope I may be forgiven a little call-back to October and blazing Japanese maples at the Biltmore Estate. The invasive lady-bugs I thought had succumbed to the cold have woken up for another round of distract-the-cat. At this point I’m welcoming anything…

Autumn Light

The days are still growing shorter, and there’s a deep melancholy settling in—not just for me, but for many of us. Compounded by recent losses and struggles, this darkest part of the year takes a toll. Challenges that feel manageable at other times become exhausting and profoundly disheartening. I’m glad that Thanksgiving is on its…