The late summer roadside flowers are beautiful in Illinois.  On this trip to Chicago I saw many of my favorites along the road:  purple Thistle, blue Chicory, showy white Queen Anne’s Lace, Cattails, and many varieties of tall unmowed grasses that are remna...

            Cutting back the roses that overgrew my patio in the past decade gave me satisfaction yesterday, but also put thorns in my hands—a metaphor for life. Today I have more roses to trim, another metaphor. Yesterday was a very good...

            Very high winds last night brought bitter cold.  The squirrels, rabbits, birds, and other little bits of life must be crouched low against my frozen yard; and I wondered yet again how is it that I am safe today, when most are not?  Amazingly, I find a winte...

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