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If your green thumb itches for a spring gardening project, try your hand at these stunning spring container gardens. With a bit of planning and this expert advice, you can easily create the most stunning displays of spring favorites: tulips and daffodills, pansies and hyacinths. What’s even better is that with simple care these container will last, looking lovely week after week. These plants will withstand the last of Old Man Winter if that’s as issue for you, as it is here in Denver, where we can get blizzards in March.
I reported this article for The Denver Post with the help of Laurie Jekel, owner of The Last Detail landscape design service in Denver for more than 30 years. Laurie designs the container gardens at Cherry Hills Country Club.
“Thank you for sharing the documentary film on the nine choirs of angels. It is of excellent quality… You brought that mystery of mysteries, God’s inner life, closer to us through your commentary and direction. PBS deserves also our thanks for supporting a project not only of high artistry but also of deep interiority.”
“…The windows were infinitely detailed in their abstraction. How to organize and explain such holy realities in a non-sacramental, increasingly imageless world? Your writing and leadership molded the raw matter with a form. The myriads of beings in the glass were brought to order. Form requires finality, purpose… Your words complemented the art work — its movement and inner vitality came alive for us through your work.”
“Life and form danced together in the stained glass. Your leadership made the choreography work. The process of making the glass with fire and breath was literally breathtaking. The blending of skilled and verbal commentators was just right… Now God’s reality seems nearer even in His distance. Our Lady of Loreto has offered the wider church and world another gift. Your film has allowed us a glance of the glory of God in the mirror of the celestial Hierarchy… It leads each of us to a greater purity of heart so that every thought of ours will be God and every breath will be God. The theme is so profound and complex in its beauty that the film needs to be watched again and again.”
Rocky Mountain PBS will stream the documentary until Sunday, April 12. We invite you to watch here.
“Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere. We ought often to invoke them. The Angels take great pleasure in helping us with our enterprises, when they are in accordance with God’s will.”
— St. Jean Vianney
“It is from God, through angels, that we have learned the most beautiful of our doctrines and the most holy sections of our laws.” — Josephus
“The vision of the angels
works softly and peaceably,
awakening joy and exultation.”
— Saint Athanasius
“It is characteristic
of God and His angels
that in their activity
they give true joy
and spiritual exultation,
while removing the sadness
that the enemy excites.”
— Saint Ignatius of Loyola
“The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate is their consciousness of the Presence of God.”
— St. Jean Vianney
“Seraphim* were stationed above; each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered.
One cried out to the other:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
All the earth is filled with his glory!’”
— Isaiah 6:2-3
“…the Lord Jesus himself,
leads them on
to the very fullness of truth
and eagerly unfolds before their gaze
the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
hoarded in the depths of His being.”
~ St. Bernard of Clairvoux on the Cherubim
“…through the ministry
of the angels
we have received
to ascend to the things on high.”
— Saint Hilary
“They place those
who are first in the last place
and the last first;
they pull down the mighty from their thrones
and exalt the lowly.
This is the source of their incentive to love.”
— St. Bernard of Clairvoux on the Principalities
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I’m remembering my stints working for Lehrer’s, a Denver florist, and for Country Fair Gardens. In both establishments, Valentine’s Day was a big holiday. Flowers make beautiful gifts.
This Valentine’s Day, if you’re giving flowers to somebody you love, you might enjoy these four heartfelt posts on my Examiner.com page, where I serve as Denver Flower & Gardening Examiner.
A visit to the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, inspired me to think again about the writer I long ago dismissed as too macho for my tastes. The bullfighting put me over the edge.
On the other hand, I do recall emulating his spare style while I studied fiction writing in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. And I do mention Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” in my forthcoming novel, “Only Wild Plums.”
And his house and garden: Oh, my! That veranda! Those cats with their abundance of toes. I looked at a black-and-white photograph of a series of headstones, and read a caption below noting that Ernest Hemingway buried all his cats and dogs. I knew he couldn’t be as macho as I once imagined. He had a heart for his pets.
And his wives, I trust. His many marriages also turned me off the writer, but I listened as the tour guide introduced the three Hemingway women whose portraits hung together in the museum house. The name Hadley Hemingway stuck in my imagination.
Then one of my fellow Book Babes picked “The Paris Wife” as our club’s read-of-the-month. I’m almost finished with the book, and I’m understanding Papa in new light. The author, Paula McClain, presents readers with a fully drawn character in her novel, and my sympathies lie both with Hadley and with Hem.
With about 30 pages to go, I can’t help but think ahead to what I know about Ernest Hemingway’s life and death. And what sticks in my craw is that maybe Hadley would have reigned as Mrs. Hemingway had she not lost those manuscripts so early in the marriage, so early in the novel.
Maybe only another writer would fully understand the depth of despair that unfortunate incident must have caused the poor writer.
With deepened sympathy for Hemingway, I now appreciate him more knowing that he was not only a hunter and a fisherman, but also an alpine skier.
Once I finish “The Paris Wife,” I’d like to pick up a copy of “The Old Man and the Sea” or “A Moveable Feast.”
Hemingway seems new again, thanks to a peek into Hemingway’s home and studio and Paula McClain’s page-turning novel of which I cannot help but think Papa would approve.