Author Archives: Bill D.

About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who enjoys working as a docent in a historic house museum, reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)

Spring flowers – 2017

After record breaking winter rains, a deep snow pack, and a horrible political winter, our California flowers surged forth reminding us that life triumphs death and that there is still hope and time to nourish each other and our planet.  … Continue reading

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Japanese Friendship Garden: Oasis of serenity

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is an oasis of serenity amidst a bustling city and its freeways.  Per the “Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego Visitor Guide,” this garden is named “San-Kei-En,” … Continue reading

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Pitahaya Harvest Moon Festival

(Updated October 8, 2015, see note below). Late summer glorious blooms on our pitahaya were attracting bees so we were hopeful that the bloom seen below and in my last post, “End of summer flowers, fruit and promises,” would yield … Continue reading

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End of summer flowers, fruit, and promises

(Updated October 5, 2015:  I am happy to announce that today Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s End of Life Option Act, which now becomes law!  See note below.) Last month, our newly acquired Peruvian Apple Cactus cutting surprised us with … Continue reading

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A Peruvian Apple Cactus interlude

(Updated August 20, 2015) We were surprised to see a flower bud because just two months earlier we had placed Peruvian Apple Cactus cuttings into large planters filled with a homemade cactus planting mix containing potting soil, coir, perlite and … Continue reading

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A pitahaya summer interlude

(Updated July 25, 2015) It began with the waxing of the Full Buck Moon.* It was almost like praying. Our White-fleshed pitahaya, Hylocereus undatus, began to send a bud towards the heavens as it did last August under the Full … Continue reading

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A night-blooming interlude

Magic energy seemed to be in the cool night air on the eve of summer solstice as our night-blooming cereus opened its flower buds… Revealing its stamens and stigma… Six blooms opened at the same time… Adding grace, beauty, and … Continue reading

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