The Heart of the Matter

In the days after hurricane Irma people asked me how the vineyard fared. Stripped bare but not destroyed. Today, two months later, the vines are in leaf and there are even new grapes. Though I don’t expect to harvest any fruit and it is only a matter of time until these new leaves give way […]

Seasons

Elton John said it ( First Episode At Hienton, c.1970) “Seasons come and seasons go. Bring forth the rain, sun and snow.” Centuries before Solomon observed it as the wisdom of God: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to […]

The Hiding Place

In old Key West there is a small courtyard cemetery – not to be confused with the larger, more visited Old Key West Cemetery. I stopped there once outside the half wall and watched a hen with chicks hunting and pecking around the ancient markers. The chicks were constantly going out and coming back to […]

A Parable Of Boxwoods

When I was a teenager I spent a summer on Edisto Island, SC, where I worked as a landscaper (yard boy) at a very old southern plantation known at the time as the Dodge Plantation. Dating back to 1810, it was a cotton plantation used as a Union hospital in 1862. I used to go […]

The Acid Test

Have you heard the TSA’s new slogan? ‘We handle more junk than E-bay.’ Not long ago I sat at the Orlando airport waiting on someone to arrive on a flight. I enjoyed watching a couple of dogs passing up and down the lines of people at security, sniffing for whatever they were trained to sniff […]

Faith And Dilemma

How’s the vineyard doing? Now in it’s third, year I get asked that question from time to time. Recently I had to confess some nervousness about how I think it is doing. Truth is I feel in  a bit of a dilemma concerning my newest plantings. They’re not growing as anticipated; not like I remember from […]

A Little Bit More

John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in history, was once asked how much money is enough? His reply? “Just a little bit more.” I was disappointed watching the eleven o’clock news last night. It wasn’t anything to do with politics or sports. It was the weather.  It rained on the vineyard yesterday and I’d almost […]

Leftovers

Must Go Night was my favorite meal when I was growing up… and still is. Its sort of like a smorgasbord or one of those huge buffet restaurants where you can get sushi, steak or barbeque all in the same place. Must go night is when everything in the refrigerator must go. You know… the […]

Taking The Trash Out

I used to hate to take the trash out when I was a kid. I’m not sure why. It was no big deal really but I always wondered why, out of five children, the chore always fell to me. It seemed to me like it did. I could say it was because it was a boy’s […]