A Walk in the Garden

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The transformation in my gardens in the past two years has been one of lightening the workload. I’ve grown a bit more accustomed to the spaciousness of a small yard without voluptuous flower beds. In the smallness of it all beauty is more precise, less grand. My photography skills are minimal, but I try to [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden of the Soul

O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; when I have work, help me to remember the jobless; when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; when I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer; and remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

St. Joseph's Dream

This is one of my favorite pictures of a woodland statue, at the foot of Mary.             There was a heavy frost last night… a cardinal fluffed-up in the pine.   And its November, queue white Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus). [Read more...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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The walk this week was at the retreat center. We had a dusting of snow.               The Garden Society’s Christmas gathering and pot luck on Tuesday was also my retiring as their coordinator. It was a lovely gathering–more on that come Friday. These are the flowers that one of the [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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The Lavender plant and its flower represent love and devotion. Lavender flowers are also associated with purity, silence, and caution. The leaves from a Maple tree symbolize “to be reserved.” Many of our saints were filled with those qualities. What a lovely reminder of their lives, spoken in the language of flowers, as we approach the celebrations of All [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.

A light frost tats the edges of  leaves…                 …and I find a lilac bloom in October!  (Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.) [Read more...]

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A Walk through the Gardens

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These pictures are from St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center in DeWitt, Michigan. It is the week of Your Word is my Delight Catholic Writers Retreat. The retreat is wonderful, and productive! And the 95 acres luminous.                       Hope you can  join us for the next writers [Read More...]

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A Walk through the Garden

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Queue color… …and migration. [Read more...]

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Icon Writing Retreat

Image by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All rights reserved.

Last week I was at an Icon Writing retreat at the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Center, at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan. The days were long and at times physically demanding, and I was grateful that the facility had accommodated me with an adjustable chair and angled stand for my work station. The experience [Read More...]

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A Walk Through the Gardens

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Aw nuts! But honestly, I delight in these coral-colored fruits. They’re so cute and puckery. Though not good for human consumption, the buckeye is an amazingly beautiful tree that will become quite large (50-70 ft.). It graces the landscape with flowers in early summer and vibrant colors in autumn. This is the fruit from a smaller [Read More...]

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