8 October

Change as Mindfulness Focus

      75 degrees is the high today in Denver, but it will change to cold and snow overnight.  I’ve pulled in all the green tomatoes, green beans, and basil, and covered hardier plants with frost cloth. Gardeners constantly have their eyes on the weather and know that it can be unpredictable, with quick… (Read More)

3 October

Hope In Action

  Hope in Action is the mindfulness focus this week, inspired by seeds forming on fading garden plants. I think there are more seed heads than flowers in the garden right now.  Cosmos, calendula, echinecea, marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias…seeds are everywhere. Seeds always seem hopeful to me. They represent new life even as the plant… (Read More)

28 September

Embracing What Is

      Embracing What Is – that’s the mindfulness focus for the week. Dreary Days in Denver A run of cold dreary days has marked the beginning of fall in Denver. With the passing of the equinox last week, came clouds, grey, and rain. This is not the usual weather for Denver, where even in… (Read More)

21 September

Praying Mantis Energy – Mindfulness Focus Words

Praying Mantis as Garden Helper Praying mantises are elusive insects and quite carnivorous. They are a boon in a garden that is overrun with insect pests. But they are indiscriminate and will eat anything that crosses their paths, including other beneficial insects and their mates.  I’ve been in Denver nine years and have never seen… (Read More)

13 September

Half Empty-Half Full Conundrum – Mindfulness Focus Words

    Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? My usual “pumpkinpalooza”, as my grand-daughter Amanda calls it, did not materialize this summer.  My time spent in Pennsylvania and my distracted-ness upon returning certainly impacted the pumpkins.  The okra were also a bust this year.  My white currants were prolific, but life got in… (Read More)

3 September

Dependability – Mindfulness Focus Words

      Cosmos flowers, blooming everywhere in my yard, are the inspiration for this week’s mindfulness focus – dependability. Cosmos are annual flowers that blooms in mid to late summer.  They grow easily and are at home in a wide range of soils.(1) They self seed, meaning they will plant themselves again for the next… (Read More)

27 August

Self Care – This Week’s Mindfulness Focus

  Self Care is the mindfulness focus for the week. In observing the garden, it’s obvious  that plants have an internal wisdom about what they need and how to get it, even though they can’t move about. (I do like to imagine when we’re not looking that they do move about like the Ents in… (Read More)

24 August

Patience – This Week’s Mindfulness Focus Word

    Patience is the mindfulness focus word for the week, inspired by blueberries and the solar eclipse.  When I first moved to Denver, a long time resident told me I could NOT grow blueberries in Colorado.  I love blueberries so I ignored that information.  I have waited 5 years for blueberries to grow on… (Read More)

17 August

Mindful Action – Weekly Focus Words

      Mindful Action I’m writing this on Thursday instead of my usual Sunday because I have felt fuzzy about the mindfulness focus for the week and its connection to the gardening world.  I woke up on Sunday morning to find that a young woman had been killed by Nazis on American soil and… (Read More)

19 July

Sunsets and Endings as a Matter of Perspective

  In a week when I have lost one of the dearest people to me on the planet, writing is again a challenge.  However I know that Sam (1) enjoyed reading my blog posts, most of which were inspired by things the two of us talked about.  So he would be happy to know I… (Read More)

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