Simple Moodlings

Simple Moodlings n: 1. modest meanderings of the mind about living simply and with less ecological impact; 2. "long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering" (Brenda Ueland) of the written kind; 3. odds and ends inspired by life and the thoughts of others

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Why we can't grow albino beans
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Remember my moodling about the little albino bean last week? Well, here's my update, sooner than I'd hoped.It seems that albino fava beans are, as my kids say, "not a thing." Lacking chlorophyll, they can't photosynthesize the necessary energy from the sun to flourish and reproduce. So the plant ...
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: A gardener God
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Today's reflection brought to you byEzekiel 17:22-24.We are your creation,O God,and you are the Master Gardener.Starting noble cedars from tender sprigsis only one of your specialties.Making mustard seeds flourishis not impossible for you.In this season of sunshine,rain,and growth,it's so easy to...
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One of these things is not like the others
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Ever heard of an albino bean plant? Me neither. But one is growing among my regular, ordinary fava beans.I went searching for info on the internet, and discovered that albinism happens in the plant kingdom, just as with animals and humans. It's rare, and one of the sources I found said that "albi...
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Sunday Reflection: An almost summer psalm
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This reflection brought to you by2 Corinthians 4:18.Your love encircles us,O God,but so often we don't see it.But your passion for your peopleis visible in sunbeams and rainstorms.You surround uswith fragrant lilacs and roses,and myriad blossoms of every colourbeyond our wildest dreams.Your abund...
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The pampered weed
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The pampered weed
When I started my herbs in the greenhouse earlier this spring, one of my little cilantro pots didn't grow cilantro. It grew something else that looked a lot like the Sweet William I planted last year. So I let it grow, watered it faithfully,  spoke words of encouragement to it, and waited to...
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: We are all one body
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Sunday Reflection on a Monday: We are all one body
I found myself short of time and words for moodling yesterday, Corpus Christi Sunday, but this morning during centering prayer, so many words came to me about how every person on our planet is part of one body, God's presence in the world, through our many faiths. Faith means that we believe in b...
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After a good rain
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After a good rain
I love this time of year, when the garden is just planted, and evertyhing looks so orderly. We've just had a good rain, so give it a week, and the zillions of elm seeds and other weeds will begin to appear. For now, though, I'm enjoying the tidiness of plants coming through the soil, and the sens...
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Ralph and the six-foot squash
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Ralph and the six-foot squash
Last week I paid a visit to my wonderful Italian neighbours whose plum and apple trees I help pick in the fall, Lidia and Ralph. I found them in excellent spirits, though 93-year-old Ralph had a fall and banged his head in his greenhouse the week before.Lidia doesn't want Ralph gardening alo...
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The case of the missing mixer
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The case of the missing mixer
Did I mention that we are undergoing a "minor" kitchen renovation? Actually, it's turning out to be more "major" than we hoped. When we moved into my dream home 15 years ago, we noticed that the counter tops were pretty worn, but replacing them wasn't as important to us as opening up the wall bet...
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Sunday Reflection: All are children of God
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This reflection is brought to you byRomans 8:14-17.Holy Spirit,because you lead us ALL,we are ALL God's children.We are not slaveswho are afraid of their master,but childrenof a loving God.You give us the freedomto call God "Abba" and "Imma"as Jesus did.When we use these intimate namesas children...
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