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Fierce and Hot

Spring was hard on Winter’s heels, and I looked forward to planting some dahlias, tomatoes, and herbs.  Money, however, was an issue, so instead of having planters built (you know the raised beds surrounded by wood), I found children’s wading pools–fierce fushia–that I used for planters. I brought them home, placed them where I wanted them, put holes in the bottom, and filled them with pure, loamy, garden soil. As I planted the dahlias–mere bulbs at this point–I swear I heard them humming.  They couldn’t wait to get started; they were ready for this new home and didn’t seem to … Continue reading Fierce and Hot

Fly Away, Fly Away Home by jansapp68

Leaving home is an exercise in self control. If you you show too much joy, you will hurt your parents’ feelings; if show too much sorrow, your enough to leave home. So, as a wise 18 year old I decided to be restrained enough to give my parents the confidence to leave me and all my belongings in a room which I shared with another young woman. Even though my parents felt my roommate was a bit ‘racy’ this was the fall of 1966, the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. I felt confident also that I could go to … Continue reading Fly Away, Fly Away Home by jansapp68

Safe Shell

I do not identify with a place.  I identify myself with the structure, my home, in which I live.  Much like a turtle who carries his shelter on his back, my home is my place of safety.  My books are here; my computer is here; my dishes, food, my cookware are all here. I can survive in the safety of my home.  Retreating into my home can also be isolating.  Like the turtle, I can stay inside longer than I need to.  And when I finally flip over and begin my journey again, I don’t necessarily plant seeds that grow, … Continue reading Safe Shell