Nature

A gift from my sister: It’s never too late to live your passion

A gift from my sister: It’s never too late to live your passion

My older sister is a wonderful painter so I commissioned her to paint the Be As One bridge. Isn’t it beautiful? My sister has ties to this bridge just as I do. She wrote the following on her website: “The Wellesley College Bridge is iconic to me as is Wellesley College.  My family and I […]

Owls, Owls, Owls! Meeting our feathered friends at the Fruitlands Museum

Owls, Owls, Owls! Meeting our feathered friends at the Fruitlands Museum

I love birds and I love cats. So it makes sense that owls, with their cat-like eyes, should capture my heart. I had the thrill of seeing these beautiful creatures up close and personal at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA in a presentation by Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls. Passion for […]

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

A break from the ice and snow: beautiful birds

Need a break from the sudden onslaught of winter? And that it’s just beginning? Check out these beautiful birds photographed by my brother-in-law Tim’s friend Matthew Faughnan: One of my favorite birds – they usually will come upon you in a swarm, grabbing berries off of bushes and trees. As smooth as silk! This photo […]

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

The ultimate secret garden (posted on location)

The ultimate secret garden (posted on location)

I had to add this secret garden at Wellesley College, in the same areas as the others, noted in the previous post. This one is up a small hill from the path, under small and large fir trees. They frame tiny and beautiful waterfall, spilling from the rocks. When I saw it, I knew I […]

Check out this little guy! Nature’s miracle in a Spring Peeper

Check out this little guy! Nature’s miracle in a Spring Peeper

Leave it to my son to find this tiny Spring Peeper. Nothing escapes this guy: We used to love hearing them in the early spring, peeping in the local swamp. One year we had a lone peeper in the tarp of our swimming pool! I felt bad he never found his mate. We were treated […]

How I run away from home … for lunch! The secret gardens of Wellesley College

How I run away from home … for lunch! The secret gardens of Wellesley College

Sometimes you just want to run away from home. It’s not that home’s so bad. In fact, home is great! But the warm autumn weather beckons, tinged with a crisp breeze, and it carries you away to beautiful places. In my quest to get to the local CVS during lunch to pick up a pound […]

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Anyone care to identify this insect? This was submitted by a reader in Northern Wisconsin, at the entrance to her father-in-law’s garage: My son who loves insects, was able to identify it so I know what it is … do you? Take a guess! Click to Tweet & Share: Another bug to identify – take […]

Check out this mammoth bug! Can someone identify it for me?

Check out this mammoth bug! Can someone identify it for me?

Is this a cicada? He is quite impressive. The details on the wings especially are truly amazing … This is how big he was in comparison to my hand: So, is this a cicada? I don’t think it’s a June bug … would love to know! Click to Tweet & Share: Check out this mammoth […]

Birding at historic Mount Auburn Cemetery, circa 1960

Birding at historic Mount Auburn Cemetery, circa 1960

Mother’s Day in our family was always celebrated with a trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery for the Spring Warbler Migration. It’s a magnificent trip to a truly historic place awash in beautiful mature flowering shrubs and trees surrounding three different picturesque ponds. And the birds! Warblers are tiny, often colorful wonders with a wide variety […]

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