Flores de Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night)

THE POINSETTIA There is a Mexican legend that a poor Mexican girl named Pepita had no gift for the Baby Jesus for her church’s Christmas Eve service. Having nothing else, she picked a small bouquet of weeds and placed them at the bottom of the nativity scene....

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS When you think of bells at Christmastime, what comes to mind? Jingle bells? Sleigh bells? Church bells? Hand bells? Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” during a time of deep personal and national turmoil. The...

Giraffe Story

A recent visit to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, reminded me how much I love giraffes. Do you have a favorite wild animal? A granddaughter requested a giraffe story for her birthday several years ago. I did some research because I wanted the story to be...

Facing the Unexpected with Hope

Now this was unexpected! I planted sunflower seeds during the month of May. Like many flower-lovers, I looked forward to having sunflowers this year. They add a bright and bold accent to the landscape in mid-to-late summer here in New York, and they provide a...

LIVES TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN

LIVES TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN With schools and churches closed, businesses shuttered, so many people unemployed, and the fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus, we have lost control of certain aspects of our lives. It seems our lives have been turned upside-down. Sadly,...