TRASH OR TREASURE?

Tabula rasa. Beginner’s mind. Blank page. Clean slate. Ah, clarity. Simplicity. Emptiness. The opposite of “horror vacui.” That is, fear of empty space. Aristotle thought it up. Believing nature feared emptiness. That empty spaces sucked in gases and liquids to avoid being empty. Whoever heard of nature avoiding anything. Look at the plethora of hurricanes […]

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BON APPETIT

Canape. Ca-NAP? Ca-NAPE? Mais non, mais non. It’s actually canapé. (With an accent mark, don’tcha know.) French for “sofa,” as in “an upholstered divan.” So says Trusty Webster. And pronounced “canopy” or “can-a-pay.” Here in America where we have Free Speech, we say it like it is. Or however we feel like saying it. And […]

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COLOR IT FALL

It’s heeeeere. The end of summer. The beginning of fall. As in…autumn. On Friday the 22nd to be exact. A favorite season for most. Cooler mornings. Softer sun. Crisper moon. Stars to beat the band. A season for retreat. Reformation. Refocusing. Resting. Reaping. But also planting. Bulbs. Bare-root. Root vegetables. Kale. Spinach. To everything, there […]

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LIFE OVERFLOWETH

Stormy weather. Harvey. Irma. Now there’s a pair to draw to. Hope they don’t have any offspring. The poor gulf. And east coast. America, America. God shed his grace on thee. Holy moly. Hang on, Houston. It ain’t Texas without ya. It ain’t America without ya. Being one of the Top 10 largest cities in […]

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FLOWER POWER

Flowers. Something special about them. Fresh flowers, that is. Also called “cut flowers.” Flower bouquet. Flower arrangement. Flower petals. Or a single flower. Like one red rose. Symbol of love. Buy flowers. Bring flowers. Give flowers. Send flowers. No matter how you do it— Say it with flowers. The Petal Patch can help with that. […]

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BEYOND BLUEBONNETS

Rain-lily. Gentle white proof that it rained. Stalwart little things. Trumpeting the good news. Standing high above the mowed grass. Cooperia Drummondii. A Texas wildflower. Sometimes solitary. Sometimes an entire symphony. Another rain prover is Texas sage. A Hill Country favorite. Grows into a massive bush. Whitish-gray leaves. Distinctive sage aroma. But then… (Drum roll) […]

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