Golden rod greeted me in the alley near the homeless shelter today. A man I made the acquaintance of last week was telling me why he’s homeless. “I was living with my 95 year old mother and could see no future in that. So I got myself a shared apartment. My first room-mate was a… Continue reading Lighten the Load
My neighbour, Vera, was telling me her latest gardening adventure. She took up gardening since become widowed a few years ago. Steep learning curve. Her zucchini were the “hanging type”. So, she strung them up along her clothesline. Looped the long vine over the clothesline line, the vegetables hanging from it, all neat in a… Continue reading Rats, Cats and Owls
Julianna, the mother of twin blind girls, again sat in the pew in front of me. But, the girls weren’t with her. I was early for mass. After some time passed, the mother rose from her seat, and moved. That’s when I noticed the two daughters, sitting in a pew closest to the choir. Julianna… Continue reading Music of Angels
“You’ve got the most beautiful blue eyes!…I’d think with eyes like that, doors would open for you!” “Yeah, well, looks can be deceiving. I’m having a rough day.” Her rough day was a lot different than a rough day for you or me. If her friend decided not to let her stay in her… Continue reading Behind Blue Eyes
Well, summer’s fading a bit and so are the sunflowers. I thought I’d outsmart the squirrels. Last year, they’d dart up the stalks of my sunflowers, snap off the heads and run with them across the street. And, knock over the plants in the process. What I decided to do was lop off the heads… Continue reading Natural Order of Things
Two women. One’s about to turn 90, and the other one’s already 91. They’ve lived totally different lives but share something in common. Both are fiercely independent and have no intention of stepping foot inside a nursing home. My Mom turns 90 on the ninth day of the ninth month this year. Mom’s raised six… Continue reading No Nursing Homes, Please!
Well, I was right about something I mentioned in my last post. The twin teenagers who sat in front of me at church were definitely blind. This week, I arrived before the daughters and their mother. I watched them approach the pew in front of me again. The girls’ white canes were instantly folded into a quarter of… Continue reading Words Rang True