A Blogger’s Diary 9/12/21: On the Week, Writing and Reflecting, The Garden, WordPress, Site Changes, and Gratitude

The Week

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted a diary entry, and in the past four weeks, there have been some developments with the garden and to my site, which I am excited to relate; and, I also have a question for you about WordPress. More on that in a moment.

First, let’s take a look at some writing reflections.

Writing and Reflecting

Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

I’ve published several poems in the past four weeks, many of them taking love as their central theme or concept.

The poem, shaded in love, we agree, was a reflection upon my time living in the desert. I’ve been fortunate to live in several types of geographies, and the desert is among them, and holds a special place in my heart.

Sometimes people conflate the desert with barrenness, and the poem was an ode, if you will, to the splendor of the desert landscape, which I miss. There is something magical about being in the desert, especially at sunrise and sunset. The beauty is magnificent.

The poem, just like a star spangled night, was part of a much larger reflection about living life with an open heart. As I’ve written about in many posts and poems, living life with an open heart today is a blessing, and I am grateful to many people, especially, my life coach and teacher, for showing me a different way to understand the world, and our place in it.

It’s taken a lot of internal work, and, yet, what I understand today, is that all of my life happened just as it was supposed to. Exactly as it was supposed to; and, I am blessed with many different levels of understanding today because of all of the paths I’ve traveled. They were all needed, and are all important.

The Garden

Well, it’s also been a while since I’ve updated you on the garden, which is continuing to produce, and has been so much fun.

Here is a pic of some tomatoes I pulled last week.

Corvallis, Oregon 2021

Coming soon, broccolini, one of my favs!


Over the past two months, I’ve had several regular readers send me messages that my posts are not showing up in their WP Reader. I actually emailed WP about this issue, and have yet to hear back.

The only workaround I know for this type of issue, which I’ve used before, is to unfollow the blog, and then refollow, which got me thinking.

Might any of you know of other workarounds to mitigate this issue? If so, I would love to read about them in the comments section, or, if you prefer, you can email me, thank you!

Site Changes

Earlier this year, I created a goal to make some changes to the site; and, I’ve finally made some of those changes.

I wanted to mention the changes here, in the event you notice anything that is not working well, or you have any suggestions, which may improve your experience. If so, please do let me know, thank you.


The week-beginning message I scheduled to go out to the team last week, was about gratitude; and the deep gratitude I have for everyone in my life.

My life has been, and is, blessed with connections to amazing people; and, today I am connected to many, many, more amazing people.

I think it is important to pause each day, and reflect upon the impact we make with our lives, and about the connections we have. They are so important.

In fact, I believe that human connection is one of the most important aspects of being alive. Experiencing aliveness is, for me, about being deeply connected to yourself, and then to those that you choose to surround yourself with every day.

Therefore, on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I am feeling deep gratitude for everyone in my life; my family, my friends, the team I work with, the community I live in, and, each and every one of you. Very grateful.

Thank you for being just as you are, and for being there, and supporting my work. It means the world to me.

Have a beautifully blessed week everyone.

#aliveness, #blessed, #blogging, #connection, #diary, #gardening, #gratitude, #heart, #humanity, #life, #love, #reflection, #wordpress, #writing

the you, I see, in me…

reminiscent of
pressures, and

as time passes, we
learn more,
and discover,
the nature
of our belief
in each other, just

as the trees
talk to us
about love lost, wayward

for a time,
now found,
a mirror image
of me, I see,
holding fast
and forever free, in

love felt

the me,
I see
in you,
the you,
I see, in me…

In response to the WDYS #98 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.

Photo by Jonah Pettrich @Unsplash

#poetry, #belief, #life, #love, #lovefound, #mirror, #nature, #poem, #reflection, #time

a gift from the seas

troubled times,
filled with ties, tethered,
reminding me
of the weather,
when we
were once together

to take on
the pleasure,
while you listened
from far away, forever

hard to grasp, as
we watch
the grown grass

take its time,

towards the skyline…

will it
make it,
hard to define

unimaginable, yet
we find solace
in the curvatures
of the world’s futures

as they
come to fruition,
we pause,
breathe, reflect,
and protect
the actions presence, our
current sentence

as, I

for your hand
while we’re reminded
of the sun,
behind the trees,
hiding from you and me,
yet always present,
like a gift from the seas

Photo by Ernesto Leon on Unsplash

#poetry, #connection, #emotion, #gifts, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #presence, #reflection, #sea, #sun

the me, you see

Photo by Patricia Abdallah on Unsplash

trees grow
and strong
from earthly soil, and

avail, are

and strength
from beyond the pale

dug in deep,
like the veins
running through

and me…and,

gives way, a
of evidence

teaching us
of the unity,
and companionship,
all living things,
and the me, you see

#poetry, #connection, #contemplation, #introspection, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #reflection, #shared-humanity

we finally say, I love you

Photo by abdul samad on Unsplash

like scenes
in an
uncommon mystery

dejection gives way,
and inside
we feel
that glow again, nay


burning bright,
without naught,
is alright

making sense
holding the promise
of yesteryear

a kiss,
and a wish,
given to you, silently

whilst you slept,
so lovingly,
without notice
or a commingled
promise kept

two hearts
beat as one,
as light
enters the room,
the fragments
of loss felt

and, then
what’s left…

and me,
forever true,
as we finally say,

I love you

#poetry, #connection, #emotion, #healing, #heart, #life, #light, #love, #poem, #reflection, #reminiscence