Beth Shepherd - Pampers and Pakhlava

About Beth Shepherd

Some might fend off a mid-life crisis by leaving the comforts of their corporate salary to jet off to a deserted island. Others might buy a Jaguar. I’ve chosen to dive head-long into my 50s and beyond by becoming a first-time parent. I’ve traveled halfway around the world (several times) before adopting my daughter, and now I share my musings about life with a toddler in the Pacific Northwest.

Recent posts by Beth Shepherd

Autumn arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum, resplendent as autumn arrives.
 ”The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.”...

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Espaliered apples!

Apple on tree

One thing I really love about travel is visiting gardens. Traveling overseas, to Europe in particular, we saw spectacular gardens: formal gardens, enormous parks, kitchen gardens. Many of the gardens were very small and walled, just like our yard.  I …

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Flying into fall

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
~George Eliot
My feathered friends are getting ready for fall, fattening their bellies with suet and sweets, preparing for the …

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