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Saying Goodbye to Melvin Plumer

Saying Goodbye to Melvin Plumer

Today marked the end of a nearly twenty-year relationship with my neighbor, Melvin Plumer. Mel and his wife Mary lived across the street from us in Osterville for many years. Once he and Mary went into assisted living and clearly needed help, another neighbor, Sarah,...

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Warmth, Competence, and Growing a Business

Warmth, Competence, and Growing a Business

I remember a time when I was a young adult and the art work I was doing wasn't going smoothly. I spoke to fellow artists about it, and my friend Lila said something very wise. She told me to surround myself with beauty and creativity and to look at as many wonderful...

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A Gardener’s Dayenu

A Gardener’s Dayenu

Every spring I find myself singing Dayenu. When I am around the Passover table with the Gelb/Levine family and friends, this is one of my favorite songs...it’s no wonder that it stays with me for the entire season of rebirth. The translation of word Dayenu from Hebrew...

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Garden Maintenance

Garden Maintenance

When it comes to tips for maintaining gardens, the best one that I can offer is this: it doesn't have to be done all at one once. Whether you are weeding, raking, pruning, planting or anything else, don't think of it as all or nothing. Too often we look at our yards...

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Gardening Book Contest!

Gardening Book Contest!

This week, head over to the St.Lynn's Press Facebook page , comment on the post that shows these book covers, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win one of these gardening titles.

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Riley

Riley

We named him Riley but that quickly got changed to Riley Rumple as it became clear that he had a coat that tended toward shaggy. "You have to groom them, you know," a total stranger remarked when he was walked on the streets of Falmouth. He answered to Riley when he...

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Oops I Did it Again – a Plant Geek’s Lament

Oops I Did it Again – a Plant Geek’s Lament

A Plant Person's Parody sung to the tune of Oops!...I Did It Again by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub and recorded by Britney Spears. Karaoke tune to sing to. Mmmm Mmmm yeah yeah yeah Mmmm Mmmm Yeah yeah yeah I think I did it again Bought seeds and some plants when I felt...

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Making A Difference

Making A Difference

As those who have followed my blogs in the past know, one of my core beliefs is that an individual has the power to make a difference in this world. One person may not be able to fix all problems, or create instant changes globally, of course, but we do have the...

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An Easy, Beautiful Centerpiece? You Can Grow That!

An Easy, Beautiful Centerpiece? You Can Grow That!

Here's another reason to plant herbs: they are perfect for creating quick and elegant centerpieces. Here are some ideas for creating a lovely table using herbs: Pick several small sprigs of herbs and tie them into bundles with a thin piece of raffia or ribbon. Place...

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Watering Houseplants

Watering Houseplants

I think that the main reason people kill indoor plants is poor watering practices. Many people are prone to watering too little or too much, and these extremes kill plants. Here’s how to water a houseplant well: 1. Be sure that there is a deep saucer or a tray under...

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