Do You Make New Year’s Resultions? Are They About Less Or More?

Do You Make New Year’s Resultions? Are They About Less Or More?

  “And so I fare forth into another year,  and it is a good time to take stock. Have I grown in understanding and love, in patience and generosity? Have I walked in faith and hope? Have I, in a small way, contributed to the world? And have I fully appreciated the wonder and beauty in every day?” Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Road Are you a resolution maker?  Do you make resolutions involving less, i.e. eat less, complain less, or resolutions…

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Is Your Life Going According to Plan? Do You See Misfortune, Luck or the Hand of God?

Is Your Life Going According to Plan? Do You See Misfortune, Luck or the Hand of God?

The chief security against fruitless aguish of impatience, must arise from frequent reflections on the wisdom and goodness of the God of nature, in whose hands are riches and poverty, honour and disgrace, pleasure and pain and life and death. A settled conviction of the tendency of everything to our good, and of the possibility of turning miseries into happiness, by receiving them rightly, will incline us to bless the name of the Lord, whether he gives or takes away.”…

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Appreciating Our Differences

Appreciating Our Differences

Editor’s note (This is a slightly revised version of one of the most popular blogs from 2015. Hope you enjoy) Here we are; 7.2 billion of us spinning on this big rock in the middle of infinite space. That’s 7.2 billion quirky ways of living life. Each of us with our individual preferences in food, music, politics, religion, the clothes we wear. Your preferences, when different from mine, irritate and annoy me. Sometimes our differences of opinion lead to bombs…

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How to Hardwire Your Brain for Happiness

How to Hardwire Your Brain for Happiness

It’s easy to find contentment with life in October. This time of year is like a custom order for happiness. I like the cooler, drier days of October. The sun gets up later each day.  Every morning I rise before the sun,giving me a chance for a moral victory. I wash my face, brush my teeth, make the bed, pour the first delicious cup of hot coffee. I appreciate my own industriousness and good cheer. So far today, all goes…

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How to Grow Amazing Japanese Anemone in the Fall Shade Garden

How to Grow Amazing Japanese Anemone in the Fall Shade Garden

These days when we wonder if the craziness exists in the mind of a long gunman or our civilization, it’s good to ponder the wonder of the Japanese Anemone. So far fall here at Bee Cottage is a dud. The falling leaves are dry, brown, desiccated. We’ve had no significant rain since early July. September was the sixth driest month on record. Despite the drought, the Japanese Anemone bloom prolifically. These lovely Anemone came to my garden by accident. When…

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