Gardening and my Incorrigible Soul

Incorrigible: .    Firmly rooted; ineradicable: incorrigible faults. .    Difficult or impossible to control or manage: an incorrigible, spoiled child. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition http://www.wordnik.com/words/incorrigible Have you ever felt like your soul was incorrigible? I have. In fact, this personal awareness is one of the reasons I enjoy gardening so much. …

“If” by Rudyard Kipling: A Guide for Living and Relating

When my son approached manhood, I gave him Rudyard Kipling's poem “If.” No other poem seemed to say all that my mother’s heart felt needed saying in order to prepare him for success in life: If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you …

Surrender

Money vanishes on wings of circumstance—not as a homing pigeon returning to roost... but like a wild hawk breaking free of the tether. And yet, we mortals breathe in cultural winds that promise swift returns and scurry to fill the empty cage with another beast of prey. Surrender—how poignant and yet so difficult. "Father, if …

The Parable of the Talents

"You know," my mother's kindly eyes sparkled as she spoke, "When I was in real estate school, I learned that you need to take down your personal photos when trying to sell your home."      "Really," I hummed while studying her face, waiting for what would come next.      "Yes, that's right. People walk in and get distracted …

Resilience

Resilience Oh willowy beauty Unearthing treasures from the sea A priceless knowing lost in youth Dark waters engulfed identity Remember, Resilience Oh willowy beauty Extracting courage from your soul A costly pearl retrieved through loss Oysters fill with wisdom to cajole Remember, Resilience Yesterday, my daughter repeatedly came to my mind. I walked into my art …