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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

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 Our gifts are like seeds. Tips for tending your inner garden. 

 A friend of ours asked Patrick to give some advice to her nephew, a budding young photographer. In response, he wrote, "I believe we all come to this life clutching a little packet of seeds. And it's our job to plant them, nurture them, and make their fruit available to all."

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KINDRED SPIRITS: ALEX PENTEK FEATHERED SCULPTURE OF GRATITUDE (VIDEO)

The Choctaw Native American tribe knew the great suffering of starvation and injustice and death, they had lived hardship and worse in the forced march to Oklahoma during the early 1830s. 

Less than two decades later, they heard about a people in a faraway land suffering too. Starving to death. Once strong men, now weak, women and children, without food, without much hope. In 1847, in Ireland, the Great Famine spared few. 

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AN AMARYLLIS EMERGENCY

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 Intuition. Detours. And a flower with a life of its own.

In keeping with the Earth Day theme this week, I share a story about nature…and nurture…and trust.

One holiday season some years ago, a friend gave me a boxed amaryllis. Remembering how much I like them gracing my window ledge, I looked forward to seeing this one bloom.

I got home and opened the box only to find a large bulb blinking back at me. Without the right size pot and good soil, this baby would have to wait until I got to the garden store. Knowing bulbs keep in the dark, I carefully placed it back on top of the packing straw, closed the box and set it in a dark corner, reminding myself to remember to buy the pot and soil. And promptly forgot. Holidays over, I became submerged with the details of living, clients and errands, music and yoga, driving here and there and everywhere, except to the garden store.

 

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LOVE MOTHER EARTH: BEHIND THE SCENES

I love nature.  I mean, I seriously love nature. Even though I grew up in the relatively tame suburbs of Long Island, my summers in New Hampshire stayed with me long after Labor Day. When I moved to upstate New York, I spent as often as I could walking in the woods or near a lake or sitting by the Hudson River, contemplating the beauty of it all.
 

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THE PINE CONE MIRACLE

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Pine cones and pears. Mindfulness. The magical world of our inner child.
 
Have you ever watched a toddler outside? Everything is fascinating! Whether it's a pine cone or bottle cap, flower or weed. Some mornings, I sit in our front room and watch our 18-month old neighbor Delaney with her young mom as they walk through the neighborhood. Delaney has to smell each flower, and examine each and every thing that catches her eye. And after all, since she's so small, her eyes are close to the ground where myriad treasures await her discovery.

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EARTH DAY: LOVE MOTHER EARTH SONG

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 Earth Day 2015 and a love song for Mother Earth. Love Mother Earth mp3

1970. From coast to coast, as students show up for classes, blue green arm bands and environmental flyers are offered. The country is in a time of great social upheavel and unrest, and those concerned with protecting the environment understand the effectiveness of public outcry and calls to action. Over 20 million participate in the first Earth Day.

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THE NEW MAINSTREAM’S NEW SONG

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The New Mainstream. The Consciousness Crowd. And a New Song.

I read a great article in the Huffington Post today by author Dianne Collins. It is an excerpt from her popular and important book Do You QuantumThink? In the article, Collins identifies and celebrates the emergence of The New Mainstream. It seems that while I was busy being outside of the mainstream for so long, I didn’t even notice that there was a crowd forming around the edges. That crowd is becoming real, visible and no longer on the periphery.

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THE PLANT STORY

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Mysterious fragrance. Hidden gifts. Holding on. Letting go.

I wrote this story a number of years ago, but the messages are as relevant today. Thank you to my dear friend Monica for letting me know the story has stayed with her all these years 

I moved into my apartment ten years ago. One of my many housewarming gifts was a large corn plant, a member of the hearty dracaena family. The plant had belonged to a friend who gave it to me because she thought my light, airy, roomy suburban digs would be better for it than her New York city apartment. My new place was in need of some green and this plant fit the bill.

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