Gardening = Heartbreak


This is what my garden looked like this weekend. Wasn't it beautiful and full of promise? Notice the past tense. That's because Monday was a day that brought winds -- serious winds -- to our little corner of the world. I sat inside working with my stomach clenched, keeping myself from peeking outside until the [...]

Seeing The Beauty Around You


One of the joys of living in New York was the people watching. Maybe you try to be subtle about it, but, if you're not looking at the masses of people you pass every day -- wondering about where they're from, what their lives are like, about the relationships between them, and what they value [...]

Emails From September 2001


Following, emails and photos I sent to family members in the days and weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001. From Tue Sep 11 09:00:43 2001 Importance: High X-eGroups-From: "Parker, Pamela" From: "Parker, Pamela" Subject: situation  Hi. I just wanted everyone to know I am ok and unhurt in all of this mess, [...]

The New Twitter Nest


I've long been a huge fan of botanically-themed design, perhaps because it celebrates and elevates the beauty of the natural world around us. Perhaps you've noticed that here and there on this site. In our own home, we've incorporated an oak leaf motif on our fireplace screen, Japanese-style wave paintings in the master bath, and, [...]

Flowering Friday – Purple Sage


What I know about purple (Silverado) sage: It's native to this area and very drought-tolerant. When other plants withered last summer, our two sages soldiered on. Deer don't eat it. Yes! These gorgeous flowers are spurred by... rain. Not the season or any other natural signal. It's like they're celebrating the bounty with a fireworks [...]

They Grow Up So Fast


Dutch filmmaker and photographer Frans Hofmeester documented the growth of his daughter, Lotte (12), and his son, Vince (9), from baby-hood to present day via the touching time-lapse videos below. Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. from Frans Hofmeester on Vimeo. Vince Time Lapse: Birth to 9 years in 2 [...]

Our Deer (In Velvet)

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You may have noticed in my last post that I cheated -- I used stock photographs to portray the wildlife that strays across our back yard on a regular basis. You see, we don't yet have a real telephoto lens and, without one, you've got to get pretty darned close to get a decent photograph. [...]

Wrong Again, in the Most Delightful Way


Central Texas is constantly proving me wrong, especially when it comes to nature. It's revealing my ignorance, my bias, my lack of understanding. As a native Texan, you'd think I would have known what I was getting into, but no. I suppose I didn't pay much attention as a youngster and 20-something. Perhaps boys and [...]

A Walk Down Burgundy


I'm in New Orleans for the Mom 2.0 Summit for a few days. Thankfully, I'm not staying in the conference hotel, which means I've been out and about for a little bit every day. Following, some cameraphone pics from my walks along Rue Burgundy.  

The New Autumn

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When we moved to Central Texas, I knew we were giving up the purest experience of the four seasons -- intense, icy snowstorms giving way to daffodils, tulips and forsythia, followed by steamy days with leafy green trees lazily swaying overhead. And the fall. It's easily my favorite of the seasons, and not just because [...]