Category Archives: Hope

The Naming of Names

Spring is the classic time for wildflowers.  In Texas, even in an off year, the wealth of native flowers is Fat City for bees and butterflies and a heady treat to multiple human senses. There are cotton candy mounds of … Continue reading

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3×4

His name—to me—is Mr. Black.  Although he’s really more mahogany than black, and will very likely never answer to any name that I or any human could give him. He’s a reminder that cats, unlike dogs, are less symbionts than … Continue reading

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October Surprise

This lot has been empty for about a decade.  Once—sometime back before the Second World War—a small house was raised on it out of the miscellaneous materials that Depression Era construction was likely to entail.  Pieces of discarded railroad ties, … Continue reading

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Lost

There are a lot of definitions of what it is to be human.  The one that occurs to me at the moment is that of the creature that goes to a lot of trouble to make and collect stuff, but … Continue reading

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Sandy

It’s not very often that you can be sure, by almost 100%, that you gave someone everything they could possibly have wanted. That you made them happy. That you gave them a good life. That is what I’m telling myself, … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

I found this turtle while walking the dog.  The dog saw it first, and I thought at first that it had been hit by a car, since it was only a few inches from the asphalt we were walking on, … Continue reading

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Happy Trails

Sometime before the end of winter, I’m likely to be out another dog. I don’t normally cry over such things; any life that has been long and well lived is not something to be mourned when it reaches its inevitable … Continue reading

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Fine and Quiet Part 2

The solstice has officially arrived, but the bright days of late autumn lingered here until as lately as a week ago. This is frequent in North Texas; well into December, we often enjoy a muted but pleasing echo of the … Continue reading

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Hard Case

A few years ago, as I read over the trilingual instructions on a box of wild flower seeds, I learned the French term for wild flower: fleur savage—Savage Flower. I was delighted. It seemed so apt, such a perfect embodiment … Continue reading

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Chrsyler Imperial

Gardening is an occupation that has, in my case, a genetic component. My mother saw no reason to mow a lawn when she could be growing vegetables as well as flowers in the same spot. Her father spent much of … Continue reading

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