Barbra Streisand’s Secluded ’70s Retreat

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  For nearly a decade, I covered homes, gardens, architecture and design for the San Diego Union-Tribune, visiting the city’s (and sometimes Southern CA’s) most gorgeous homes. One of the most memorable was Barbra Streisand’s multi-house compound in Malibu (she has since moved, and no, I didn’t meet her). I own the article’s copyright, so for your[...]

Gardening, Joy, and Gratitude

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“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”  David Steindl- Rast For a lot of folks, gardening is a pleasurable hobby that relieves stress. It’s an activity where you can be both productive and bring beauty into the world. But I’m curious to know,[...]

Picture This – Spring Photo Contest

Forsythia 'Winterthur', yellow flowering spring shrub with Redbud tree (Cercis canadense)- Winterthur Garden

Picture This, our garden blogger’s photo showcase, is ready for another contest – now that spring has finally arrived throughout the land. I was in Delaware just two weeks ago where I photographed Wintherthur, the trees just leafing out, seemingly while I watched, so by now even the most northern garden photographers should have plenty of inspiration.

Garden Psalm

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I seldom reveal my spiritual side, even to those whose conversations are full of  “blessings.” Much has happened since I wrote this, but I wouldn’t change a word. People said my recent post “My Circuitous Route to Writing Success” took courage. My honest response: Not as much as this one! Garden Psalm                                                                       April, 2000 The Creator of the Universe awaited my[...]