Here are Some Questions you may be able to answer:

Did you hear about Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year?


No comment, as they say in my English mysteries.

You do realize that this time next month, if the Lord allows, 2024 will be about to arrive?

I am floored. Authentically. 

Not so flabbergasted, though, that  I couldn’t pull myself together, and finally get the kale, the tulips and daffodils planted, and the geraniums and Gerbers garaged. 

I know the squirrels were watching. And I hope I remember to water those plants!

I finished a painting for an acquaintance —and have realized it’s a bit late to start painting Holiday “art,” so  am relying on things I did during the Pandemic.  Is that off our radar too?


Questions Art May Answer, Or Generate

Is it simpler or harder to imagine a power greater than we are entered our world? 

Art and Theology has introduced me to beautiful words and art —most recently 25 Poems for Christmas.

I love seeing how others have tried to make sense of Christ’s coming —

This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.
~Madeleine L’Engle, in The Weather of the Heart. (1978)

 As fast as the year has gone, I hope time will slow down during Advent. It was a season that never interested me much. Now, though, its subjects are more what I want in day-to-day life: hope, love, joy, and peace. 

Our plants offered visual hope: 


I didn’t kill the clades, transplanting them!

Inside, the clades are thriving, and the Christmas cactus — which a friend observed, is really a thanksgiving cactus has a  double blossom! 


Will they Survive the coming chilly nights and days?

Outside, a new bud on the departing Black-eyes Susan, and the brave buds on what I hope will remain a white hydrangea have no idea how cold it will be tonight. I hope they survive. 

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. ~Author unknown

And still being able to work, amidst all the questions is a good thing, as Martha Stewart would observe.

I know I have not found the answers to all of my questions. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways I am as confused as ever, but I believe that I am confused on a higher level and about more important things.~ Graham Weeks,



from the Garden of Bright Images

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