The Thankful Jar

It is the season of thanks, a time when we stop and reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. It is normally a time to gather with family and friends and let them know how much we appreciate them. Only this year, it is different. On the surface, it may seem difficult …

Winged Visitors

Floating gracefully on the breeze, like a ballerina swaying to nature's tune, a spot of brilliant color shines against the bright blue sky.  I watch, mesmerized, as the graceful dancer flits to and fro with its dance partner and hold my breath as the finale unfolds.  The petals of a flower await, like a stage …

The Scoop on Pumpkins

Happy Halloween! One of my favorite holidays, Halloween, elicits fond memories from my childhood and as a parent passing down the holiday's traditions. Costumes, candy, and creativity go hand-in-hand with this holiday, along with images of ghosts, witches, and vampires. However, perhaps there is no more iconic symbol of Halloween than the jack-o-lantern. Carving pumpkins …