“White stuff”

While half of the United States is dealing with heavy snows, blizzard conditions, power outages, and other weather-related issues, the other half, which is where I live, is experiencing record-breaking warm temperatures. We are seeing a different sort of “white stuff”… “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It…

Out of focus and “wintering”

I’ve called it “hermitizing.” Others call it “wintering” or hibernating. I haven’t posted here in seven weeks, which must be my longest stretch without a blog post. When not dealing with repairs to my late father’s home and his vacation house or cleaning out the rather large house (tasks which feel as if they’ll never…

Small creatures

“I cannot but have reverence for all that is called life.  I cannot avoid compassion for everything that is called life.  That is the beginning and foundation of morality.” (Albert Schweitzer)

My 10th blogging anniversary

WordPress recently reminded me that I created my blog site 10 years ago, and I cannot believe I have been blogging for that long! My first post was on August 1, 2012 and was an account of Why I Live In The Woods. Today I have 1260 WordPress followers and additional followers by email and on social…

Let me be as a feather

“Let me be as a feather. Strong with purpose yet light at heart, able to bend. And, tho I might become frayed, able to pull myself together again.” (Anita Sams)

Another tree changing color

Three days ago I posted about my maple tree already changing color, as if it were Autumn. Today, about 30 miles away, I saw a dogwood tree that is changing in even a more dramatic fashion…

Any explanation?

This is Georgia, in the Deep South in the middle of summer. The leaves on the eastern side of my maple tree are already changing colors. I know I posted a similar photo in the past, but this year the color change began in mid-June. What causes this? Not enough rain? Very hot temperatures? Should…

Listen to the children

This wonderful video was filmed a year ago in an elementary school in Clarksville, Indiana. I wish our politicians in Washington would truly hear and act on its message.

The Linn Cove Viaduct

The last link in the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and wraps around the slope of Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. The mountain is the highest and most rugged peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Recognized as an engineering marvel, the…

“Dance upon the mountains like a flame,” 2022

Flame azaleas grow wild here in the mountains of North Georgia, and I always look forward to seeing them bloom in the spring.  They may very well be my favorite flowers. Unfortunately, the wild azalea shrub outside my kitchen window hasn’t bloomed at all since 2020. However, through the woods on both my property and…