Hiding in Plain Sight – Why Everyone Needs A Secret Garden

Not long ago, I visited The Cloisters in New York City. By definition, a cloisters area is an open hallway that surrounds a protected garden. It is a natural walkway where monks and nuns might retreat into nature and still have a degree of protection from the elements, like wind, rain, snow, sun–and other people, too. At…

Come Into My Garden Said the Black-Eyed Susan to the Hybrid Tea

Some people are naturally buoyant, but others of us must find ways to elevate our spirits. Writing helps keep my emotions on track, and drawing and painting help me, too. Sunflower – Watercolor by Jacki Kellum But gardening and watching nature day by day is probably my best antidote for the blues. Even during the…