Gardens are great places to teach children about magic. Pop in a row of radish seeds and presto … two weeks later those tiny seeds are transformed into something tangible.

Gardening can also teach valuable life lessons at any age. It is just a fact of life that there is a LOT of physical work behind every bountiful harvest.

Happily there is no need for every new gardener to reinvent the wheel when there are ever so many tried and tested ways to use Practical Magic to help your garden grow.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



How your garden grows is only part of the journey.  CLICK HERE for information about preserving your harvest.  

If the need ever arose, it would still be possible to live in comfort and dignity by borrowing pages from the past. CLICK HERE to learn how.

If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk

If you want to be happy for a week, go on holiday

If you want to be happy for a month, get married

If you want to be happy for life, grow a garden

Although I am retired now, I was lucky enough to earn my ‘daily bread’ doing something that I loved. No matter what path you follow, if you have to provide food for a fundraiser or festival, you may find it helpful to CLICK HERE for helpful hints.


At some point in time, death is the price we all pay for living.

Dogs are essential to our well being because they teach us to live in the Now.   They do not say “I am too old to be loved” or “I am not healthy enough to be loved”!    They do not wait to love until later!

Dogs embody the spirit of Carpe Deum and we are all richer for it!

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There is no age limit on love

We met the world’s most brilliant bunny in the woods this morning.   Or perhaps I should say that I saw her.   She was standing stock still so that she would not attract the dogs’ attention as they sniffed their way along the path.    Not to be mean … but she was easily within range of their long lines.

Now in the dogs’ defense, there is enough wildlife foot traffic in our woods to keep their noses busy along the way.    To be fair, Henry is now completely blind as a side effect of the caninsulin for his diabetes.    And of course, now that they are both eleven, there is just much more moseying along and much less full speed ahead 🙂

It is no secret that I love, love, love senior pets.   They bring a special sweetness to the table that is particularly appealing.   Even better, most senior pets are already experienced at love and are ready to be great companions right now.   Best of all of course is that there is simply no substitute for the Zen they bring to any space they inhabit.

As a sidebar note to that, bonded pairs of senior pets have an additional advantage when they are adopted together.   Their new home will not seem so strange when they bring their buddy with them 🙂

Right now there are two beautiful bonded poodles available for adoption at the Lillian Albon Shelter in Amherst.     At nine years of age, Willy and Daisy are actually quite ‘young’ seniors.   These lovely toy poodles have been together for their whole lives and the shelter is looking for a home with enough heart to adopt them both.

Why would such great little dogs need a new home?    These beautiful little dogs came into care when their owner passed away.     They have years of experience at being great buddies and are already house trained!

To be perfectly honest, I really envy the kind heart who winds up adopting these two    ( For more information about adopting them, PLEASE CLICK HERE )

What time is it?   It is always time to remember that pets are never, ever too old to be loved.

We are always the same age inside.      Gertrude Stein