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Under a Red Roof

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Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason, you sing. For no reason, you accept the way of being lost, cutting loose from all else and electing a world where you go where you want to. Arbitrary, a sound comes, a reminder that a steady center is holding all else. If you listen, that sound will tell […] The post

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Lady of the Wood David Walker Noor Reverie  Rebecca Maxwell Ornitho-Maia (foreground) Nadine Jaggi The Exchange Tatyanna & Natasha Meharry Stories Upon Stories Nora Naranjo Morse Melanie Yazzie Destruction by Fire #4: Fall From Grace Rudy Hernandez Emergence Andrew Velez Escaped the heat with a lovely visit to the F

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It is said that if you want wildlife to visit a garden, just add water, as it attracts more critters than food. I’m not sure about our numbers, but I will say that we get a lot of activity, with this adorable female Lesser Goldfinch enjoying our hospitality on the regular. We are happy to […] The post

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Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace. Milan Kundera The post At Peace

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Life, I find, has much of climbing and painting, in it. The contemplation, the challenge, the quick decisions, and the sheer joy of arriving occasionally at the place one longed to be. William Heaton Cooper The post Arriving appeared first on

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With all their favorite flowers in full blossom, our hummingbird friends are in a frenzy, with Rufous, Calliope, and Broad Tails zooming for garden domination! New mushroom sculptures – aren’t they sweet? Breakfast delights: biscuits, jam, sausage gravy, and, of course, coffee! To riff on the famous Jaws line

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Wednesday evening, as we were getting ready for bed, a massive thunderstorm rumbled above. Fat rain drops smacked the metal roof, while lightning made a chaotic embroidery of the sky. It was a marvel, and the hubster and I darted from window to window and stood on the porch to admire it all. Flash back twenty-two [̷

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Grain elevator. Clumps of grass. Bare tree. Fire lookout. Hens. Barking. Orchard. Where are the peaches? Where is the town that died? The war is over, but only on paper. My spirit is not broken. It flickers. Bright as stars. Bright white of the dogwood blossoming in your eyes. We meander to ruin but find […]

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Initially, I wanted to simply share a glimpse of our Sunday. How lucky I was to get Juniper to actually pose in front of the massive hollyhock – “Come. Sit. Stay…stay. Good girl!” To tell you how nice it was on the patio, with Greg working on his laptop at the cafe table, and me […] T

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To Dust – An orthodox Jew struggles with the death of his wife, and in particular, the state of her decomposing body, practically stalking science teacher Albert until he agrees to help him. A story of grief, love, familial bonds, and unconventional friendship. Columbus – I only initially cared about this fil

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The volunteer hollyhock is over SIX feet tall! The spent hollyhock flowers make faces at us. Boo! Native bee house, with at least 30 tubes filled with eggs for next year. Woot! Also, I don’t recall if I’ve ever shown the shed before. It came with the house, and had a rather ugly peachy-beige paint. […]

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Find tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stone, and good in everything. William Shakespeare The post Good appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Duck Musubi at Lucky Dumpling Lunch buffet at our favorite Indian restaurant – Mirch Masala. Second to naan!! Ingrid’s brood… neon, always neon… Time in the garden – it’s really coming along now! Did someone say walk? the Platte River freshly canned cherries! I am writing this on Wedne

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I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will […] The post

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To be effortlessly yourself is a blessing, an ambrosia. It is like a few tiny little puffs of opium which lift you ever so slightly off the hard surface of the world. Laurie Colwin The post Ambrosia appeared first on

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A chickadee nest taken from our bird house, the majority of which, I believe, was made from Juniper’s fur. So cool! pavement rose – an unfortunate name for a stellar scented shrub lamb’s ear traditional hyssop in blue and pink Jupiter’s beard dianthus yarrow showy milkweed opuntia pink evening pri

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Illuminated skies over our little slice of Colorado Springs and the deluge that followed. I wish it could always be this way, enough sun for life without sweaters, ethereal rises and sets, and enough rain to keep the earth damp and our two hearts aloft. Oh, love… crested white prickly poppy orange horned poppy red

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. William Faulkner <<>> Happy Birthday, America!! The post

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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” Sylvia Plath The post Trees appeared first on Under a R

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Nature smiles back, though we did wonder if some human intervened in this one. An early morning hike at Castlewood Canyon last weekend. The hubster, Juniper, and I met our friend (and my brother from another mother) Jeff for a beautifully misty adventure! Jeff’s favorite tree… I AM short, but Greg was also st

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pussy toes coral charm peony this yarrow starts yellow then gets rusty helianthemum foxglove going bananas peony – it’s really called that! Every time I walk the garden looking for new blooms, I think of my Grandma Tess and how she’d ask me to post pictures of our Portland garden blooms. I feel as thoug

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Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, “Wait and hope.” Alexandre Dumas The post Wait appear

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New sage growth filled the air with its intoxicating scent and had Greg and I swooning. Our wonderfully cozy digs (and sweetest dog, ever). Greg and I have never been so enamored with a rental, envisioning, were it to come on the market, how we would make it our own. The Taos Museum of Art […] The post

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Mt. Maestas Blanca Peak & Mt. Lindsey When Greg and I were first together, a woman we knew had a rather curious comic taped on her refrigerator. Front and center. It read: “It’s not a vacation if your husband goes with you.” I imagine her snickering while carefully clipping it from the paper. Then,

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We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently […

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A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. Victor Hugo The post Garden appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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All the blooms to greet me yesterday morning and some greens, too. Not every beauty is a blossom. How I love this space and this patch of earth that is ours, no strings, save those attached within our hearts. Sometimes, when the city noise rattles uncomfortably beneath my skin, I ponder leaving for more solitude, […

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The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir <<>> Happy Birthday to my Mom!! The post Clearest appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Griddle cakes, pancakes, hot cakes, flapjacks: why are there four names for grilled batter and only one word for love? George Carlin <<>> My recipe for pancakes (a form of L O V E ) here…. The post Pancakes appeared first on

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Hopped on the bus for a trip to the J.C. Raulston Arboretum… Greg’s new favorite tree – a crepe myrtle Made friends with a bench named JUDY God bless the jasmine – intoxicating our senses for the whole of our stay. ternstroemia evergreen dogwood symphytum x uplandicum This maple, whose name I fail

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