Welcome to the Family, Here’s a Stocking

Since we were at home this Christmas, we also revived the family custom of Christmas stockings, which we inherited from Judy’s family. I knew I was an honorary Hertz when Judy’s mother made a stocking for me. Now that our family is… Read More

A Christmas Tree

We were home for Christmas this year for the first time in a decade. And so, for the first time in as many years, we’ve bought a Christmas tree.

My Brush With Celebrity

Well, people seemed to like the post about the time I stole a car, so I’ll tell you another true story from my life’s misadventures. This is about the time I used a famous actor’s hotel room for a day care center.

My Life of Crime

So there was this time I stole a car. I’m not proud of it. But now that there’s not much in the garden to write about and I’ve covered our summer vacation, it may be time to come clean.

Greetings From The North Woods

I’m writing from a cabin on the shores of Lake Superior, in a remote spot near Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We’ll be here for the remainder of the week.


I was going to write a post last night, but Judy and I were both obsessively scouring the internet for results from the special election in Pennsylvania’s  18th Congressional District. Conor Lamb, the Democrat, won by about 600 votes, which is a… Read More

And on a Personal Note

So on Friday night our older son Daniel called and said he wanted to drop by around 9 pm. This was a bit mysterious, and Judy and I figured that either he had been diagnosed with some serious illness or he was… Read More

Garden Variety Anxiety

On Saturday a busload of native plant enthusiasts will visit my garden. I’ve participated in this garden tour twice before, enjoying it both times. And yet, I can’t stop myself from worrying about it. This is no doubt because I am a… Read More

Raising People as Well as Flowers

Judy and I haven’t spent all our time in the garden. We have also been lucky enough to raise two good kids we are very proud of, both of them now adults in their twenties. Today we got to watch our older… Read More

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Colonoscopy

I had a colonoscopy on Friday, and let me start out by saying that the results were basically fine. I have mixed feelings about writing on this topic, this being a garden blog and all (annuals, biennials, colonoscopies … wait, something doesn’t… Read More