Category Archives: Blooming

A Tiny, Fierce Light That Lives On

Celebrating the indomitable spirit of my sister Lisa Stanley. Continue reading

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A Wildflower Running Free

A tribute to my dear sister, Lisa Allen Stanley, who passed away on Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, at the too-age of 63. Continue reading

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Blooming in the Desert Sand

When we are planted in inhospitable environments can we bloom? Continue reading

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The Garden Within

We have a new little one expected to enter our family and world in February 2022. May he be safe. May he find his way in this complicated 22nd Century. May he find his bliss. Continue reading

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Stop. You Look Fabulous!

A few ideas of how we can nurture the joy within us during a global pandemic and a time of division and fear. Continue reading

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Let the Wind Blow Back Your Hair and May It Rain

My husband Kurt and I were in Egypt twenty years ago in the car of a young woman who had been a participant in one of my husband’s training classes in Cairo. I will call her Lela although I cannot … Continue reading

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Gluing Together Our Broken Places

I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine today in a drive-through operation at Ft. Sanders Hospital West here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a flawless experience except they did not set up a second shot right away on … Continue reading

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A Man of Value

Values over riches, people over things: remembering my father and dealing with the grief. Continue reading

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Blooming Out of Season

Nearly a decade ago I planted two camellias in container pots just outside the front door of our home. I never thought they would live for long–in containers, mind you– in the mercurial climate of East Tennessee. But my sister, … Continue reading

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Daddy’s Mountain Roots

Since my father passed away in early December last year, I have been considering what tree I should plant to celebrate the person he was, in gratitude for the life and values he gave me, and to remember the unconditional … Continue reading

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