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When's the best time to plant your garden?

The answer is twenty years ago. The second best? Today. I'm not sure exactly when the gardens in my neighborhood were planted--I'm just grateful for them.



leafy tree branches against a blue sky
Honey Locust Leaves

irises in a city park
Irises at 7th Avenue and 12th Street

I know I'm writing a lot about the flowers I'm seeing this spring; I've been dazzled by the display. I may have complained about the rain in April but the rush of new green all around just lifts my heart and so I apologize for complaining.


Jane Street

green trees in a city park
7th Avenue and 12th Street

Am I being rhapsodic? Am I waxing dithyrambic? Do you love that word? It means wildly enthusiastic. I've been waiting years for a chance to use it. I first heard it when Phillippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, spoke at Trinity School, where I taught. He showed us a few of his favorite pieces from the museum's collections and this...


gold colored garment with lips
fragment from the Head of an Egyptian Queen

Isn't she lovely? Totally worthy of a dithyramb if you ask me.


This is Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you remember the best teacher you ever had? My Algebra teacher's name was Mrs. Brilliant and she would say, "Well, you know I'm Brilliant!" She made me stay after school for extra help. As she walked around the classroom as we took the next test she looked over my shoulder. When she saw that I had gotten the bonus question right her face just lit up! I've always remembered that look of joy. Isn't that what we're all looking for from our work?

So thank you to all the teachers. No matter what you're paid it's not enough but I hope you have many moments of seeing enlightenment in the face of a kid. That's worth a lot, right?

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5 days ago

Do you know when I can plant my Easter Lillie’s from church. Am enjoying your neighborhood flowers so much!

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May 10

We have come to love gardens. We visited several historic gardens on our Europe trip. Thriving plants bring joy. Nice piece.


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May 10

An uplifting post on this gray day!

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May 10

I feel like I went for a walk with you. Love the photos.

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May 10

Another Friday delight - thank you, Barbara!

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