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The Color of Bark

December 19th, 2011

The Color of Bark By Deborah Clark NABBW’s Gardening Expert My drive to work is pastoral and meditative. As I go over the hills and through the woods, I often turn off the radio the better to absorb the beauty outside. Now that the trees have shed their leaves, I behold the wood skeletons of trees and shrubs in a colorful array. Some of the colored bark has subtleties that strike me because my eye is trained, like the interior designer who appreciates the many varieties of white paint. But others are as vibrant as any flower would be to any viewer. For the home gardener one of the most... Read More

Waiting for Blooms

November 18th, 2011

Waiting for Blooms By Deborah Clark NABBW’s Gardening Expert When you\’re 5 years old, one year is a fifth of your life – a full 20 percent. But when you\’re 50, it\’s only one-fiftieth of your life. Just the blink of an eye. This is why gardening gets easier as you get older. So much of gardening involves waiting and watching. When you\’re older, your sense of time expands, and waiting becomes easier. I remember planting flower seeds when I was 8 years old. I bought them myself at a corner dime store. The seed package showed the most beautiful blue morning... Read More

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux

November 18th, 2011

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux By Erica Miner NABBW’s Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Once again the holiday season is about to descend on us, and what better time to start journaling? As you\’ve read in previous articles in this series, there\’s virtually no better way to relieve stress than by journaling, and we all know that this time of year can cause stress to escalate. Why not choose TODAY as your day to start handling your holiday anxiety in a powerful, creative way? To help you along with this, in today\’s article I... Read More

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your “Exercise”

September 2nd, 2011

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your “Exercise” By Erica Miner NABBW’s Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Now that you\’ve had a sampling of some of my favorite journaling methods, let\’s discuss some exercises to further entice you into your journaling ritual. Don\’t be intimidated by the length of the list. These are intended to be savored, one at a time. Linger over each one for as long as you like. Take your time to fully explore whichever one or ones give you the creative impetus you need. Ready? Let\’s... Read More