Yes or No? The Annual Christmas Letter

I’m one of those folks who still enjoys sending and receiving Christmas cards, and I’ll bet I’m not alone. What a rare treat these days to get a personal, handwritten greeting in the mail.

November: What's Blooming In the Office?

The weather forecast calls for the first real snowfall of the season, and I’m spending every spare minute raking leaves, trimming lavender, ripping out the garden and hauling outdoor plants into the greenhouse.

Winter is coming – and apparently, this paphiopedilum didn’t get the memo. The bloom, almost four inches in height, opened up two days ago. Isn’t it a stunner?

Writing Without Crutches

I was lucky enough to vacation in Italy this month, landing in Milan and touring the countryside for a glorious week.

A news colleague mentioned before I left that I’d notice everyone begins sentences with, “Allora…” He was right! Oddly enough, it means “then,” and seems to be the Italian equivalent of “y’know” or “like.”

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