Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

For Father’s Day, here is some gardening wisdom, in honour of my own father and my children’s father and life partner, both talented gardeners who love to visit and revisit their garden “kingdoms”:

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse


Gentlemen – Happy Father’s Day!

It is a wonderful feeling when your father becomes not a god but a man to you; when he comes down from the mountain and you see he’s this man with weakness. And you love him as a whole being, not as a figurehead.

~Robin Williams in a 1988 interview in Rolling Stone Magazine

Happy Father’s Day and thank you to the important fathers in my life – my father, Wilmer, the father of my two beautiful daughters, Mark, and my father-in-law, Sig.  And for all of you who are fathers or who have fathers, here’s a clip from the end of the movie Smoke Signals. The character Thomas is speaking the words of a poem by Dick Lourie, entitled Forgive Our Fathers :


*thanks to Cathy Orlando for posting this link*