Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

in the wind

Wind sweeps across the ground creating movement in a field of crocus.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Only the tiniest flowers are in bloom right now. After yesterday's heavy rain I was somewhat surprised to see crocus still standing today.

Purple is the color of the day.


Monday, April 16, 2018


Today's forecast called for heavy rain, and rain it did!

I hoped to get in a decent exercise walk after my pilates class this morning but a combination of heavy rain, wind, and temperatures still hovering in the 30s convinced me to stay in.

I read.
I watched some of the elite and wheelchair finishers in the Boston Marathon.
I made a big pot of soup.
I listened to the rain hitting the windows.
I relaxed.

When the sound of wind and rain diminished at around 5 PM I looked outside. The rain had changed from heavy to light and I was itching for some outside time. I quickly donned my exercise gear and headed out. The rain was light, then it stopped for a bit. It changed, the rain becoming heavy and the wind howling. Home again... my running shoes are stuffed with newspaper, clothing layers are hanging to dry. Everything should be ready when I need my shoes and layers tomorrow morning.

It was a good day.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

spring snowflake

Yesterday I walked at Maudslay State Park with a goal of finding flowers in bloom. There was a hillside behind one of the garden walls that was covered with tiny white flowers tipped in yellow. According to Wikipedia these flowers are in the Amaryllis family and are known as snowflakes.

I think I like this kind of snow!

spring snowflake

old word, current world

An article in yesterday's Washington Post caught my eye this morning. The title: "Kakistocracy, a 374-year-old word that means ‘government by the worst,’ just broke the dictionary".

Hmm... It's an old word, one I don't remember hearing before. The "run" on the word started with a tweet by former CIA director John O. Brennan directed at the president. According to Meriam-Webster:

"Kakistocracy was among our top lookups on April 13th, 2018, rising 13,700% after its appearance in a tweet by former CIA Director John O. Brennan."

The definitions of kakistocracy that I found were variations on a theme.

Merriam-Webster: "government by the worst people"

Wikipedia: "A kakistocracy is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the 17th century."

The word fits.

Friday, April 13, 2018


A crocus in purple paints a dreamy picture.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

a beach owned by birds

With the temperature edging into the 50s it felt like a good day to head to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The entire beach in the refuge closed on April 1st for the piping plover nesting season but there are plenty of places to wander on the inland side of the island.

My first stop was the Stage Island Trail, a good walk on a trail that was opened last summer.

from the Stage Island Trail

Feeling the need for a beach walk, I headed to the Sandy Point State Reservation at the tip of the island. While piping plovers nest at Sandy Point as well as in the wildlife refuge, people are allowed to walk in the state park during nesting season.

As I walked onto the beach I saw very large warning signs at the southern edge of the refuge.

no entry - signs

In spite of the signs I saw a man, a woman, and a child walking the beach in the refuge. Not happy seeing their intrusion into the bird's space, I called to them, telling them that the beach was closed. The man and child immediately walked out of the restricted area. The woman turned around but continued her wanders in the restricted space, slowly walking toward the refuge boundary. She eventually said that she heard me and that she forgot that the beach was closed. Interesting. In order to get on the beach she had to walk by these very large signs. Forgot? I don't think so!

I headed south into Sandy Point, walking through a rock-strewn section of the beach before emerging onto smooth sand for a calming walk.

rocks on the beach, Sandy Point State Reservation

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


With continued cold temperatures only the tiniest flowers are showing their colors. These chionodoxa (also known as glory-of-the-snow) provide a nice splash of light violet.


Monday, April 09, 2018

blue sky

The air is still chilly and the sky was clear. I headed to Harold Parker State Forest this afternoon to check the state of the trails. As expected, there were large pools of water in place, some in the woods, some across the trails.

I managed a short wander with dry feet.

at Harold Parker State Forest

Saturday, April 07, 2018

two gardens

Quick visits to Chanticleer and Jenkins Arboretum last week allowed me to enjoy some early blooming flowers. The location 300+ miles to the southwest from my home in Massachusetts has a slightly earlier entry to spring, as seen in the colors splashed through the gardens.


More flowers can be seen in the gallery two gardens :: 2018.