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That’s Bloomin’ Gratitude for You

We have a lovely garden at our home. It is my refuge year around, the place where I go for peace and restoration. I am grateful for my garden because it draws me outside

Bloomin' Gratitude, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Yellow and black butterfuly sucking necter from a purple butterfly bush.

When you stop to smell the flowers, you may also nurture your soul.

and away from my work for a brief time each day. From March through November, it’s pleasant to walk among the plants and admire the blooms while soaking up the heat of summer or feeling the invigorating chill of spring or autumn.

But of course the garden requires care. Continue reading

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How to Make Connections at a Party

We kick off the winter holiday season every year with our Wine Nouveau party, which we held this past Saturday. In the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau where the vintage from the fall harvest is sampled, we taste the Chateau d’Anne wines we bottled in the summer from last fall’s harvest.

bottle of Chateau d'Anne with wine glass on counter

‘I’ve never known a miserly wine lover’

Our wine labels include the motto: ‘I’ve Never Known a Miserly Wine Lover.’ We believe that wine, like life, is meant to be shared with friends old and new. It is through sharing that we make connections and build the community who celebrate with us when we’re up, and hold us together when our world is falling apart. Continue reading

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Fall: The Smell of Beginning Anew

I love autumn. The cooler weather, the beautiful colors, school football. Summer’s too-hot, too-humid days and nights gave way right after Labor Day

Fall, the Smell of Beginning Anew, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog,autumn trees reflected on water, flock of geese

On the way to a new ending.

to weeks of perfect weather here in New Jersey. Until this past week, the windows were open wide day and night. Now, the night air carries the scents of fallen leaves, ripe apples and lit fireplaces.

In Iowa, where I grew up, I associate this kind of weather with the start of the school year. For me, a new school year was not about the promise of learning or the threat of homework, but the expectations that come with a new beginning. Continue reading

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