The Decline and Fall of the Sloth Gardener

The sloth gardener takes a break to watch a bird in flight. In southern New England, there’s something wonderful about putting a garden to bed in fall. There are many tasks to complete, but when all done, I’ve earned a slower pace at the holidays and time to reflect on next year’s garden projects. As…

Beware of Husbands Bearing Gifts

A few weeks ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the science behind coincidences. The subject resonated with me. Often I wonder if I’m the only one who experiences coincidences—thinking about someone you haven’t heard from in a while and at that very moment the phone rings and it is she….

Farewell to Apples

There’s an expression that familiarity breeds contempt—meaning that over exposure leads to distaste or dislike. Yet, some think that this response is more about what we get used to and less about the object itself. This concept certainly can apply to apples. If I eat two apples every day in the same way, however pleasing…

The Mystery of the Apples in the Office Park

My husband is fond of saying that I am the least observant person in the world.  I actually am quite observant.  We just look at different things.  Case in point: Last week, he came home excited about apples he saw on trees in the office park where he works.  My heart sank.  He had brought…