Marion’s 2019 calendar: Coming in October

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You’re on the go with lots to do… Wait a moment. What if we had soft reminders that there’s more to life than do, do, do? That’s why I graced this year’s calendar cover with a special photo from our garden: A Tibetan blue poppy with a bumblebee hovering in front of it like a tiny helicopter.

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How the Peace Rose survived WW II: A story that will make you smile

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If plants could talk, the Peace Rose could tell a tale
as gripping as a World War II spy novel…

It’s also a tale of faith and grit. And it all came waltzing into the kitchen one day when Marty returned from the post office.

“I think you’ll like these,” he said, holding up a sheet of postage stamps. “See the yellow and pink rose?”

Though I couldn’t see the stamps from across the room, I saw enough. My heart swelled with an inner recognition. “Is it… is it a picture of a Peace Rose?”

“Yes it is,” he said. “How did you know?”

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Have you every asked yourself, “Am I good enough?”

I have a confession: I’m learning how to play the harp. At age 62, no less. While practicing in the window seat that overlooks the bay, self-doubt often sneaks in, and I wonder, “Good grief, will I ever be a decent harp player?”

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My favorite, natural solutions for controlling plant pests

While talking with a friend about indoor plants recently, we got on the topic of pests. “What are those little black flies that buzz around my face when I’m working on the computer?” she blurted. “They drive me crazy!”

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Love at First Light: White Sands National Monument

Alamogordo, New Mexico: Marty and I rose at 5:00 a.m. and after oatmeal and coffee, we drove to White Sands National Monument. We turned into the gate and chatted briefly with the ranger, a brusque fellow who could have

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Winter hummingbird: My favorite photo of 2017

On Christmas morning, my sister sent me a photo from her iPhone. Not unusual, right? But when I tapped the screen, I froze and stared at my phone in wonder. In the center of the photo was the silhouette of a hummingbird,

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