ay 2016 is starting out in the nicest way possible – with temps in the 60s and 70s; and even a hint of 80’s for the first Saturday of the month. Sadly, April ended on a cold and chilly note – but newsflash: the winter coats are officially washed and packed away and I’m not…Read More
Thanks to Will and his study of the Civil War this past quarter, I found a touching quote by Lew Wallace. Who was Lew Wallace?
A proud Hoosier, his time as a Civil War Union General proved disastrous for him. Through a series of miscommunications, he failed to lead his men to Shiloh where Union soldiers were slaughtered by Sherman and his men. By the time, Wallace arrived on the scene, there was little he could do and his military career was essentially over.
In a satisfying turn of events, Lew Wallace ended up becoming a writer and enjoyed a celebrated place in history as the author of Ben-Hur.
Wallace was a man who knew both public shame and admiration during his lifetime. Sadly, he endured more than just trifling words as a result of his actions in the battle of Shiloh. Indeed, the shame from that experience stayed with him to the end of his days.Read More
Every month, I make one last sweep through my photos on my Mac. Most of my photos get organized into events – birthdays, gardens, date nights, etc. All the leftover photos remain in the Photo Stream for that month. Here’s a look at some of the photos from the October 2013 Photo Stream.Read More
The kids and I made it back from Boston today – and this fabulously sunny day was the perfect welcome home. Our Harvard AMP and Boston Trip Fall 2013 was a five day whirlwind visit to see Phil during his break from the Harvard AMP. As a reference for future visiting families, Harvard puts together a lovely program for the visiting families. Let me guide you through our jam-packed visit…Read More
Try To Remember By Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones Try to remember, the kind of September, When life was slow, and oh-so mellow. Try to remember, the kind of September,When grass was green, and grain was yellow. Try to remember, the kind of September,When you were a tender and callow fellow…. Try to remember… And if you…Read More
The View From Up Here this week is all about Back to School, Writing & Weeding. Will and Emma start 6th and 8th grade at Parnassus Preparatory. I’ve been busy writing and re-designing for my website. On the garden front, myself and other garden bloggers are focusing on the topic we can’t get away from this summer: weeds!Read More
This week marked the end of July – a month that flew by for me. Admittedly, I recognize that organizing a garden tour for 1,000 people with 15 presenters spread across four different garden locations probably had something to do with the fact July sort of got away from me. When I looked back at…Read More
It was a bold week in the garden this week . July has a way of magnifying garden to-do’s that have been put off during May and June. For me, this was a week for taking action in the garden. White Oak I have a white oak in the front of our house that died…Read More
This past weekend while the boys were busy burning yard waste, Emma and I spent 30 minutes of alone time on the hammock. Actually, all the kids enjoy the hammock. But, Emma really recharges from our quiet time together rocking in the hammock. It was a perfect spring day for clean-up. It was a little…Read More
Have you had any recent experiences dining in a restaurant with a teenager lately? I have. If you’re wondering what it’s like, allow me to share some photos from my lunch with Will over the weekend. Aside from the fact that Will isn’t much for conversation to begin with, the distraction of his phone means…Read More