Even on Maui, you may feel the need to do something besides lay on the beach or swim in the ocean. Kula Botanical Gardens is up high on the side of Haleakala, the southern dormant volcano. Just like the east side of the island, it is commonly under dense cloud cover, but that is partly what […]
Our mid May visit to the Idaho Botanical Garden was on the day the Moody Blues concert was canceled. Its a good thing it was canceled, or the Garden would have been closed in preparation. As it was, we were among a very few uninformed who came to the Garden anyway. The weather was only […]
For an authentic experience, you should go sit in the sauna while you read this post, or just find someplace where your clothes will get damp and cling to you. It has to be 80 degrees Farenheit to count. Forget to take your water bottle, too. I’m not complaining, though; just setting the stage. I […]
Yu Yuan (豫園) is purportedly a garden designed to induce contentment for royalty. The unifying theme is rock. It is found throughout the garden in both (seemingly) natural formations and in intricate patterns. Plants and flowers are occasional focal points, but obviously not of primary concern. To find the garden, one must navigate a sprawling […]
I can’t decide whether I should have known about this place sooner. Would it have brought comfort or made me long for my garden? It was definitely a wonderful place to visit last Thursday. It is the now-open-to-the-public Official Residence Gardens. Originally, the vast acreage was the main home of the Chinese leader who fled […]
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Melody’s Life Savings
No one wants to hear that their child is sick - and the word 'cancer' is even worse. Written by her mother, Melody's Life Savings is the true story of the family's journey together during the illness and the impact of Melody's small legacy. Excerpts from Melody's journals and personal correspondence are included.