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Gardening, Nature, photography

Flower of the Day: Feverfew Daisy

I prefer native perennial flowers in general, but this flower originally from Eurasia still has a place in my heart. Feverfew is a traditional healing plant used since the time of the ancient Greeks. The dried plant was used as an anti-inflammatory and to combat headaches. Modern doctors did not use the plant in medicines […]

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book review, writing

More Great Sci-Fi by Becky Chambers

I am a woman and I like science fiction. Is there a 12-step program for that? I don’t think it necessary, but I really wonder why people think that it’s uncommon for a woman to like a story set in space. Adventure, exploration, new cultures, what’s not to like? Today’s sci-fi even has strong female […]

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bilingual, writing

June 2021 Poetry Challenge

I’ve returned from several days in Arizona for my uncle’s funeral. I wrote a poem to commemorate Uncle Peter which I read at the service. Since celebrating a life is on my mind, this month the poetry challenge will be to write a memorial poem. The subject can be personal, someone from your own life, […]

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Gardening, Nature, photography

Flower of the Day: Orange Poppy

Stormy weather; we’ve had a rainy week in Madison. Yesterday afternoon, a poppy opened despite the drizzle. Today we have the first sunny day all week. I feel the sun rays through the window as I write and it feels great. I am taking 10 days off starting tomorrow. A family funeral calls me away, […]

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Life as a Woman

Books I’ve Read in May

I began the month reading about women spies; Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones. Ms. Baker was a Civil Rights activist, a singer, a dancer, part of the French Resistance in WWII, and the first Black woman be the star of a film. Sherry Jones tells her story well, especially the heartbreak of Josephine […]

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