Our Ideal Growing Conditions

Earlier in the spring, I transplanted a unique-looking Hostas plant from the edge of my yard (woods) into a pot. It caught my attention because it was unlike the rest of the ornamental plants lining my flower beds. And now, a few months later, it’s grown a five-foot tall tower of purple flowers. In its… Continue reading Our Ideal Growing Conditions

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

Have you ever lost your way without a good excuse? That happened to me and I’m going to write about how I got out of that pit. I didn’t like it, I got better. Let’s talk about that. If you are a little bit unhealthy, I was there in a bad way last year and… Continue reading Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

The Absolute Best Time to Plant a Tree

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is right now. My favorite Chinese proverb, this platitude captures an idea that seems to always brings happy returns: Taking action. We cannot change what we did or did not do twenty years ago (if you’ve even been around that… Continue reading The Absolute Best Time to Plant a Tree

Bloom Like a Cactus Flower

Last night my Cereus cactus opened up a beautiful double bloom. It was the third bloom in the past week. This species produces large white flowers that open up around sunset and last until sunrise the next morning, about 9 hours right now in southwestern Ohio. It got me thinking. This plant puts an enormous… Continue reading Bloom Like a Cactus Flower

Gardening Puns Included, But Not About Gardening

Today went about as expected. In which it was a massive triumph. Plot twist! The vacation did what it was supposed to. Coming back to work after a short yet rejuvenating vacation, I felt like I had some mojo back. Earlier in the month, I spent a great deal of time working deals that would… Continue reading Gardening Puns Included, But Not About Gardening

4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well

What if all you needed was the right mixture of water and sunshine to become the best possible version of yourself? Gardening quickly became a favorite pastime during Covid, but it’s reminded me of interesting parallels between the lives of plants and humans. Preparation and Details While there are few overall ingredients, there are many… Continue reading 4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well

It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.

Last year I found myself at an unhealthy crossroads. I had turned 37. It had occurred to me that if I did not like this unhealthy condition I was in, it was on me to change it. Don’t like it? Get better. So being basic, I wrote down 37 goals. Some would be minor stretches.… Continue reading It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.