22 July 2019

renegade ornamental peppers & the rain on their undersides.

most of my garden-oriented photographing and blips of writing are now on my instagram page. for someone who is 83 inside despite appearing to be in her 30s in the american sense on the outside, i'm also surprised at myself in making one more online account to manage.

but it turns out that instagram is a very progress-driven place as well as the comforting world of memes to make us hate the worst of our lives a little bit less and actually laugh a little more. and if you avoid the junk-posts and scammers, there is some great and more innovative information out there, too.

in the meantime, here are some renegade ornamental peppers from my backyard, dipped at the bottoms with drops of rain giving into gravity. i loved catching the sight of them.

29 April 2018

a hair poem to almost-end national poetry month.

some identity

grass & hair.
hair & grass.
sun & copper.
strands, blades.
peace, spine.

jrh. 29 april 2018.

sprawling in the grass in warm weather is one of the most calming practices i've ever stumbled across in my entire life. it is also very free, which is one of my favorite aspects of this routine. simple earthing, grounding is something which makes me feel truly alive. i recommend it to infinity and then some.

24 April 2018

it is easy to love an antique mower.

long time no post. that is what happens when you're literally too busy to live. and speaking of that, i wrote an article on this exact theme in 2016 through interviewing two therapists based in berks county in southeastern pennsylvania. many can relate to being literally too busy to live.

but now onto mower-talks. this is my antique mower which i love dearly. i abandoned the idea of using a modern one after i bought this one from a friend who found it an auction.

while i've had it for years, and it's one of my favorite parts of warm seasons, i only last week attempted to find out its manufacturer and production year. i did see a twin of it at the leesport historical society a few years ago, and a member estimated that it's from somewhere between 1900 and 1920. googling has so far failed, at least in terms of validating serious background information about my dear antique mower. i'll keep searching. i also appreciate the ab workout which it incidentally offers. oh swoon for antiques to help with yard work routines.

26 June 2016

a smoothie from only ingredients which i already had on-hand.

after my old blender broke, i went without smoothies for months, but i never drank them that frequently in the first place, to be fair. yet i wanted to get into making them more often because they're often such a healthy choice, and since i am someone who doesn't have much appetite for food in the morning but can drink and sip beverages down when it's still pre-afternoon time, i thought this might be a smart approach to be better to my health. 

fortunately, in deciding to ask around if anyone had any spare blenders since appliances are sometimes in doubles in households, with one sitting around waiting for a purpose again, it worked out that the first person i asked, my sister, had a backup blender to offer since she mostly works with her go-to nutribullet and only used her blender once. so it sat in a box after that initial use. and apparently, it was waiting for me to own it, ha. love at first smoothie.

since becoming the new owner of this blender yesterday, by this morning, while i knew i wanted to test out all sorts of new smoothie recipes, i decided just making up my own not-so-tracked recipe would be the best approach. plus, i felt really thirsty-hungry and wanted it ASAP ! here is a list of ingredients which i threw together in random little amounts for the above-glimpsed smoothie.

  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • mango
  • avocado
  • asparagus
  • baby carrots
  • lemon juice
  • apple juice
  • water 
  • ice cubes
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds

a few months ago, a too-sweet smoothie quickly taught me the value of lemon juice, which i adore in the first place since i love all things sour. so i am sure that helped in balancing out the flavor adequately in today's quick practice at the blender. it's so nice when you don't have to be so calculated and yet can still make something healthy, delicious, and filling. yum x 4982945832045.

09 June 2016

moon garden haiku.

in 2013, i began one of my most absolutely fun writing jobs for vanduzer design & marketing. it involves farm blogging for weaver's orchard in morgantown, berks county, and wolff's apple house in media, delaware county.

this week, i wrote about moon gardens for wolff's apple house and interviewed holly cusumano of phoenixville, chester county, about this topic. i've mentioned before that cusumano visited my pull of poems class as a guest writer when we focused on moon poems.

below are some scenes from cusumano's moon garden plant children, including elderberry, dianthus, and valerian root from camera moments in her backyard. then...more haiku. always more haiku lately !

cusumano is the chairman of the herb society of america's philadelphia unit. you can eye-peruse her recent moon garden reflections and design suggestions on the blog for wolff's apple house, here.

yet again, a haiku popped out of my brain-box. it is apparently the week of haiku in my life, given the stuffed grape leaves and heirloom tomato children haiku of recent days.


blooms mingle night talks
under beams of moon-glitter:
salt-pearl garden light

05 June 2016

tomato children haiku.

this is cross-posted from poetry with jennifer hetrick. very, very long time no blog, yes-hmm !


i glimpsed first signs of heirloom tomato plant children in my garden, a sight of farm and earth gifts possible in a small backyard in a borough. every year, i order tomatoes from erica bowers-lavdanski of b&h organic produce in caernarvon township at the edge of berks and chester counties.

this particular plant is called matt's wild cherry. i plan to save some of the eventual tomatoes for my one brother since this is his name, too. i'm also in people's gardens sometimes, as well, and point this out when i notice myself sprawling in a landscape. creeping jenny. =) i may save brain-space for a creeping jenny haiku in the future.

here is a tomato children haiku sparked from this eye-scene.

visit your own garden for some poetry-whisking ideas.


green globes hold tightly 
to matching leafy-topped
crowns stretching skyward

10 May 2015

a cherry lime smoothie recipe born in lancaster county.

busy-bee syndromes are strong (the reason i find my way to this blog-ish space so infrequently). many nowadays know this but don't necessarily think about in depthi'm working on a way to explore that in the form of an article to pitch, when i have some free life-minutes to discuss the evolution of our too-busy-to-exist lives with some local therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.


at least there is this cherry lime smoothie, with the recipe prepared by phoebe canakis of phoebe's pure food. once you have the ingredients lined up, you can freeze or refrigerate most of them to last for a while so that you can keep blendering up the recipe until you run out of what it takes to make it. i create it in my kitchen every week or two, and as i finally run out of the foods it involves, i buy more.

this brightly beet-rich smoothie reminds me of comforting breakfast in non-rushed moments, mingling with how miraculously delicious fruit+fruit+more can be. 

it incorporates cherries, orange parts, raspberries, shredded red beet pieces, red grapes, cherry juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, and optional maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, (black) cherry greek yogurt (that's what i use), granola, hemp seeds, and chia seeds.

phoebe also has a podcast called two weird hungry girls. i often mistakenly call it inaccurate titles like two girls who are really hungry. so i always have to google it to make sure i'm saying or writing it correctly. but either way, it bursts with its obvious fun-persuasion just by its name, even if my memory skills with its title are sometimes a bit off.

she is also the host of pure food for thought with the people chronicles, where she explores local people's life stories and how they're laced along the way with food-stirring memories.

she's also just completely fun as a human being, which is a major plus nowadays.