Albuquerque seems to have turned the corner. Spring is bustin' out all over and those of us who love to dig in the dirt are itching to start planting. In the city, it looks like sheltered areas will support planting now. Of course, it's a bit early and there's always a chance of a frost. I have a little plot of land at my apartment that is sheltered from winds and gets a good bit of sun so I think I'm ok to get started. On the other hand, if you live on the mountain like my daughter does, you may want to wait a bit longer because there's still frost in the mornings up there.

I've put in top soil and mulch for this pocket handkerchief sized personal garden here where I'm living. I'mGarden Plot getting ready to plant bush green beans and perhaps a tomato plant this weekend.  If you want to do this, I suggest you get something called Inoculate to prep the bean seeds. I'd never heard about it, but apparently, it gives the bean seeds an extra shot of energy to get started.

Meanwhile, whether you're itching to start gardening like me or just want to enjoy the quickening of nature that has begun, take some time to enjoy.


American Freedom

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Jan 282017

Statue of Liberty Inscription

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Author: Emma Lazarus

I wonder….do we need to tear down the Statue of Liberty? Or  blot out the inscription? Or, at very least, amend it to eliminate all those undesirables that are currently being discriminated against? 

Are we still the land of the free and the home of the brave?



Feb 20 Music Streaming

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Jan 202017

This is a great day to introduce yourself to music streaming. You can enjoy the best of the best classical, easy listening, relaxation music 24/7. Just do a search for "YouTube 24/7 streaming classical playlist" or a variant or similar. You'll come up with some amazing resources!  One I'm listening to right now is  This one is three hours of uninterrupted Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin masterpieces. But there's ever so many more options out there. Take a look and enjoy your favorites.



Yuletide Dare

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Dec 192016

Mere skeleton of what might have been,
stands 'midst shadows of darkest night
afraid to remain alone afraid to be seen.

No place to go, no hope, no peace
rejected, haunted, filthy, shunned,
a pilgrim in vale of tears … sees no release,
And pleads for death to take its toll…
death's chill to warm frostbitten limbs
and put an end to despair's control.

But what is this just down the road?
A tiny glow a beacon in the night?

Edging closer, ashamed and scared,
The reject, like cowering dog, is drawn…
knowing well what might befall whomever dared
to cast a shadow on another's merriments,
or impose contrary vision of what life
be for those less bless'd with earth's contents.

There … A candle glows … door's ajar.
'Cross the threshold another waits
with open arms for trav'ler from afar.
For one brief hour another cares,
forgets the stench, forgives affront
that tests tender sensibilities … and shares.
Each looks beyond the outer core
that separates man from man
and finds more to love than to abhor.

And, what is this? Blest release.
Despite different station and belief
they discover Christmas Peace!

copyright November 1994
Joan-Marie Moss

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