Stronger Than Hate

What happened yesterday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh has left me with a broken heart. I’m Jewish, and while I may not observe my religion as well as I should, it is still a huge part of who I am. Hearing the report on the news yesterday was like a punch…

Wednesday Wisdom

I received this quote in an email the other day and it came at such an appropriate time for me. I struggle with always doing what others expect you to do and not taking the time to really stop and think what do I want to do? For a few weeks I had been debating…

An Autumn Day at Planting Fields Arboretum

A few days ago, I spent a quiet weekday morning at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY and I practically had the whole place to myself. Autumn is my preferred time to visit my favorite garden spots because you still get the flowers in bloom with the backdrop of the leaves starting to change….

September Blooms

I love that where I live, dahlias tend to bloom late in the summer which means they stick around well into autumn. While the other flowers start to fade, dahlias — which are one of my favorite flowers — are still going strong. When I’m in need of a floral pick me up, I always…

Summer Reads

My reading habit has been slacking a little bit lately, mainly because there were a few books I started and ending up giving up a quarter of the way through because the story wasn’t getting better and keeping my interest. I hate abandoning books because I always feel like it will get better and I…

Sunflower Fields Forever

Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower, so two weeks ago when I headed out to the North Fork of Long Island to find as many sunflower spots as I could, it was quite possibly the best road trip I’ve ever taken! The sunflowers bloomed earlier this year than in the past, probably thanks to all…