Category Archives: Nature

Ramps, or Wild Leeks

Walking along a bubbling brook yesterday, I stumbled upon a lovely patch of ramps. Also known as wild leeks, ramps are native to the Appalachian mountain region in North America. The perennial is found in deciduous forests in the spring. … Continue reading

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Winter Urns

Have you ever been asked to take on a task that you very much wanted to do, but which also made you a bit nervous? I recently had the opportunity to decorate three urns for the outside of our church … Continue reading

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This is My Father’s World

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought  Of rocks and trees, of skies and … Continue reading

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A Day at Mohonk Mountain

September 19th marked my 10th year working at Lamplighter Publishing. I came into work that day to flowers, rugala and fresh fruit. But there was more. As the morning wore on, I received a call from my boss, Mark Hamby, thanking … Continue reading

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Cottage Living

Growing up, I spent my summers at a cottage on a beautiful mountain lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. We never called it anything other than “the cottage”. Fourteen years ago, Mike and I purchased our own little place on a lake … Continue reading

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Blueberries …… or Huckleberries?

Wild blueberries always make me nostalgic. My family spent summers at a beautiful mountain lake and blueberries were abundant on the mountain. Mom would make pancakes in the morning and we would run out into the yard in our pajamas … Continue reading

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Albino Milkweed

Talking a walk in the country recently, we came across a completely white, ghostly looking, milkweed. At first, I thought it was dead, but upon closer inspection, I could see that it was not only alive, but ready to flower. … Continue reading

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The Iris – A Beautiful Masterpiece

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” Claude Monet “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet “I am only good at two things, and those are: … Continue reading

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Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to … Continue reading

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Winter Wanes

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again. ~Bill Morgan, Jr.   Where does the white go when the snow melts? ~Author Unknown       … Continue reading

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