Category Archives: Acts of Restorative Kindness

“Dauen: To become day, grow light in the morning”

In one of those coincidences in time where PeggyJoan was addressing sunset and sunrise yesterday, I was up earlier than usual thanks to Steffi deciding she wanted to go out before 7…way before 7. As I stepped onto the porch, … Continue reading

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Ego Integrity vs. Despair: Suzassippi, Artist-in-Residence 2021 at Taylor Hill Cottage

Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory of human development has often been criticized as we learn more about the wide variations in human development.  It is one of the first theories I learned as a social worker, and while it—like all theory—has … Continue reading

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Riding with the Horsemen

Today, I am riding with the Mughal Horsemen again, using Edwin M. Knowles Sylvan, a pussy willow and yellow pods design from 1934. Since the real Horsemen originated in the 15th century, I thought the least I could do was … Continue reading

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When I ask myself, ‘What would Grandma do?’: Phase 1

This is the section of the yard where we had the tree removed. The top edge is a gentle slope from the level yard, but in front of this concoction is the indentation (cipher = hole) descending toward the drive. … Continue reading

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Boxing Day: The gift of the cardinal in the kudzu vines

There is something akin to amazement every time I look out at the cardinals in my front yard. They perch in the dormant kudzu vines wrapped around the pine trees and hang out on the feeders. No matter how many … Continue reading

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Rakkasan Tea and Dave’s Bagels

I support organizations that do meaningful work toward reconciliation and developing human capital. Today’s post is brought to you by Rakkasan Tea’s Nine Dragons Oolong, served in Sibongile Pottery’s guinea cup, and Dave’s Killer Bagels. I have written a lot … Continue reading

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Tiny steps of progress

I have spent most every day working in the yard this week…not this ⇧yard of course, but it is symbolic in a sense. I spent the better part of 3 days digging up broken tile from the small section around … Continue reading

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Keep on ‘Rock’ing in the yard, Johnny Winter

Yes, someone left the “Kind-hearted woman lives here” sign out in the woods again. I came out one morning last week to find this beautiful boy sitting at the edge of the parking spaces, with Beyonce, Dilute, and Scruffy hissing … Continue reading

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Now this is what I’m talkin’ about: My new BFF

The weather has turned cooler here at last, and this is my favorite time of year: fall, when it is gorgeous outside. We have been awaiting this time of year to get started on all the outdoor projects that have … Continue reading

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Steffi in September

That cute little puppy from May is now the adorably rambunctious adolescent. She outgrew the small crate a month ago and now her super-charged condo takes up most of the space in front of my closet. She is longer and … Continue reading

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