Nature

Be As One makes it into print! Now available monthly in the Catholic Free Press

Be As One makes it into print! Now available monthly in the Catholic Free Press

Be As One is now in print! Beginning this month, I will be writing a monthly column for the Catholic Free Press, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts (previously I had written columns in the Catholic Free Press for the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester). The column is called “Be […]

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Yesterday’s kayak trip took place just down the street at Eckblaw Landing. Here you can take a trip down the Quinsigamond River. I’ve done this trip several times and don’t usually see all that much in the way of birds because the MA Turnpike runs right over the river. Still, sometimes you really hit the […]

Accidental art: the joy of random photography

Accidental art: the joy of random photography

I am really digging photography. These days if all you have is a cheap camera, patience and a mindfulness for opportunity, you can come up with some pretty cool pictures. I am a total amateur when it comes to taking pictures. I have no idea how I get some of the results I get. Taking […]

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

Let me begin by saying I do not have a green thumb. I gave up planting perennials and having them die on me. I gave up planting anything exotic; it was a death sentence for them too. And to think my mother was a biologist at Wellesley College! That gene sure passed me over. However, I […]

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Many of you around the country endured a harsh winter (especially you in the Midwest). Endless snow. Frigid temperatures. Dreary dark and shortened days. Our winter here in New England was long and hard and spring has been slow to come. But finally, Spring is here! Some of you nature lovers are lucky enough to live […]

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

For the past 26 years I have lived in central Massachusetts. A bird watcher, I have sought in vain to find that “sweet spot” where the spring migrants congregate. I need not search any longer: I live in that sweet spot! Two years ago, across the street from my house, I experienced what experienced birders […]

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has been problematic since my mother died. I am sure other daughters who have known a close with their mothers experience that special tinge of melancholy that greets this day. We are no longer daughters. But we are still mothers even if we don’t have children of our own. There are “children” in […]

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 […]

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