While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Plants Don't Read Maps, But People Do

The United States Department of Agriculture unveiled a new zone hardiness map this morning. It’s big news for people who read maps, but for plants, not so much. Many locations, particularly sections of the northeastern United States, appear to be warmer than they were in 1990.

October in Monet's Garden

The light. Yes, it was all about the light, the flowers, the air, the back-in-time sense of strolling through a living work of art. In an afternoon in Monet’s garden, I felt like an Inpressionist artist myself, seeing the grounds of this homey place in Giverny and feeling that this prolific artist had loaned me his own eyes for the day.

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