[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] What My Kids and My Garden Have in Common

I struggled to find a good photo subject for today’s post. Right now, most of my garden is ugly—dried up stalks, yellowing leaves. The brilliant oranges and yellows of fall foliage are still a few weeks away. My garden’s most prominent feature right now are dry, dusty brown remnants of summer blooms. All living things [Read More…]

[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] Summer and Fall in Tandem

I walked outside after my book group meeting last night around 10:30, and the air not only felt like fall, it smelled like fall—the mild tang of leaf mold, a hint of smoke. We still have summer-like days ahead of us, no doubt, but fall is creeping in—including in my garden. Here, a bee gets busy [Read More…]

The Redemption of the Mundane: My Post at Convergent Books

There’s a new imprint in town! Convergent Books is a division of Penguin Random House dedicated to books on progressive Christianity. I am thrilled and honored to have been invited to contribute to their new blog. My first post, on the redemption of the mundane (how I glimpse God’s goodness in the banal details of [Read More…]

[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] Instead of the Loaves & Fishes, the Hosta & Hydrangeas

While I love strolling through a garden center looking for just the right plant for a particular spot in my garden, most of my plants were not purchased, and my garden is not so much planned as it is cobbled together out of what I had to work with. At least half of my garden consists [Read More…]

[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] Red, White, and Blue

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[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] Banishing the Bugs

For the past few springs, my lilies have been infested early in spring by red lily leaf beetles, which, if left alone, will destroy lilies and related plants. I have resorted to hand picking of beetles off my plants combined with a good spray of insecticide just once early in the season, at a time [Read More…]

Everyday Resurrections (& a New Bench)

This post is very slightly edited from its original version published last August. You’ll note that I now have a new, much more attractive and comfortable bench to sit on as I work and keep an eye on the dog and soak up the sun.  I spend several hours a day sitting on this bench [Read More…]

[Snapshots from Oak Ridge] It Bloomed After All

I’m starting a simple Friday tradition of posting a snapshot from the environment in which I write here on Oak Ridge Lane. This idea came because, as I sit outside on my bench writing, I find myself wishing I could share the sunlit beauty of my garden. Of course, what is possible in June will [Read More…]


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