I Can't Bear It

I’m preparing for a family reunion mid-September, going through box after box of old photos.

The primary goal is to find pictures of my dad’s side of the family to share with cousins I’ve seldom seen over the decades. They’ve pledged to do the same.

But I’m also committed to culling this mountain of images. I toss any shot that isn’t in focus. If I don’t know what it is, where it was taken or who’s in it, out it goes.

June 2022: What's Blooming in the Office?

Most of my orchid collection is still vacationing in a private greenhouse in California – like a spa for orchids! But I’m back in Idaho and about a dozen plants made the trip with me mid-June, including this Dendrobium tobaense giganteum.

Leaving a Lovely Friend


I’ve got only two more weeks to spend in California, and am pensive about the move. I'm enjoying every minute with my grandson, son and daughter-in-law, and I’ve come to feel right at home on the Central Coast.

And then, there’s Oraios

She’s the cat who lives on the rural property where I’ve been staying. The property owners have dubbed her the Greek word for “lovely” – oh-RAY-ose, roll the ‘R.’

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