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October 29, 2019

Attention theology geeks, this is heady and controversial, but it is heavy on my heart. I do not aim to offend, just to be honest. 

I love the Catholic church and celebrate many of the rich blessings and brilliant saints and leaders it has provided to humanity past and...

October 25, 2019

My first 40 years on earth did not exemplify serenity.

I intend to change that for the next 40.

My personality is assertive. Many people are withdrawn or at least obliging. Not me. If things didn't go my way, I developed a habit of trying to force them to.

When it comes...

September 24, 2019

When I first began my south Florida butterfly garden, I included a plant called a pipevine to attract a specific black and yellow swallowtail. There are several species of plants called pipevines. They are scientifically called Aristolochia spp. They make really intere...

September 5, 2019

Some people collect plates, shot glasses, baseball cards or tchotchkes. I collect butterflies. I prefer the living kind (no judgement here, but I don't pin mine). My live collection is maintained by planting specific plants in my garden that specific butterflies need t...

August 26, 2019

I decided in my early twenties that I didn't want to work full-time for someone else until I was in my sixties. I wanted my time to be my own, not on loan to my employer. More than that, I wanted freedom to travel, visit loved-ones, create and study butterflies. Identi...

August 6, 2019

This is a moth larva/caterpillar.

I only know this through experience.

In this picture it is eating my Desert Rose, but it is commonly called the "oleander caterpillar" (Syntomeida epilais) and will eat many other plants in South Florida too. It is often found on oleand...

July 31, 2019

We swim in a consumer culture like fish who don't know they are in water. The devious appeal of  media and advertisements combined with our perception of our worth greatly influences our minds. Our compounding stress, busyness and mounting to-do-lists prompt us to chec...

July 27, 2019

My husband, Kelly, and I live differently than most folks we know. We value our time over money and our goal is to spend our lives growing spiritually, enjoying nature and sharing life with loved-ones. Instead of running the rat-race and climbing the corporate ladder,...

September 18, 2015

You know butterflies drink from flowers. But, did you know they drink from lots of other stuff too?

Some butterflies drink from rotting fruit, particularly rain-forest species. Most of our local residents drink nectar from flowers. BUT... they are happy to drink minera...

June 29, 2015

Every morning I read in my garden with a cup of coffee. It stabilizes me and helps me meditate on the good things in life and the good things I welcome for that day. One day at a time is how life is lived. Have you ever noticed how much change can happen in one day i...

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