Cathy-Hird-flowersA hint of spring is in the air, a breath of fresh air, and a touch of warmth in the sun. This is a time of renewal. I wonder, in your life, what brings you this refreshing gift?

Snow still covers much of the ground, and the dirt is frozen solid. Still, in pots of earth set in the window sill, we can start tomatoes, plant basil and thyme. The sun will warm the earth we bring inside, and green will grow, a reminder that crocuses and maple leaves are coming...



Blue Flowers featLet the Library help you chase away the winter blues and jump into spring gardening!

The Library is presenting three nights of lectures in April for gardeners of all levels. Tickets are FREE at the Library Public Services Desk. Each event is located in the Library Auditorium from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Have trouble growing in certain areas? Join the Grey County Master Gardeners discussion on Perennials for Difficult Locations on April 7.

New to gardening? Join us on the evening of April 28 when the Master Gardeners return to present Gardening for Beginners.

Gather landscaping ideas at Go Native! Trees & Shrubs for your Landscape presented by volunteers from the Inglis Falls Arboretum on April 29.

SlowMoney-Turtle.colour-featureYou all know the importance of eating locally, what about lending locally?
Come join us on March 28th from 10 to 12 for a vital conversation about Slow Money, the quiet revolution that is changing the way people think about their investments.
In communities throughout North America, groups of caring folks are making affordable, low-interest, peer-to-peer loans to sustainable food and farming businesses in their communities. The result is that, rather than making a killing, these dollars are enabling farmers and food business operators to make a living. And rather than reaping the rewards in terms of high financial returns, the returns these lenders see are all around them – in new, locally owned businesses and farms that take care of one another and the soil.


By Cathy Hird

 One of the hazards of spring is that birds looking for good nesting sites sometimes end up in the house. Old stove pipes and cracks in the stone seem attractive to the bird until they end up trapped in the wall and have to scramble until they find their way out or in. Inside the house they panic, flapping around the rooms, banging into windows, trying to land on lights that are unstable, knocking over candlesticks. At our place, they usually get into our summer kitchen. I just prop the back door open and let them find their own way out.

Last weekend though, a starling found its way into the living room. The cats tried to help, but they just managed to tip over the plants on the window sills. Perched on a lamp shade, it panted with its mouth open. Eventually, I got close enough when it landed in the window to get a cloth around it. Closing my hands around it as gently as I could manage, I felt its heart thumping. I managed to get the doors open without letting it escape, and then, standing on the back step, I opened my hands, and it flew straight to the lilac trees away from the house that had trapped it, free and back where it belonged.



By Cathy Hird

When we think of a strong foundation for relationship, we think of Love. In contrast, spiritual teachers advocate Compassion, the kind of love that understands and forgives, that gives of self for the other. I suspect that all love is strengthened when a good dose of compassion is added.

This reminds me of a story that Jesus told when asked what the most important law was. He said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, all your strength and all your mind; and love your neighbour as yourself." Luke recorded that the questioner responded, "Who is my neighbour?" Jesus then told the story known as The Good Samaritan. Here is my version of that story.

A man was walking in a narrow alley where a street light had burned out. Muggers jumped out and grabbed him. When he struggled, one of them cut his arm with a knife, and another pushed him to the ground. He hit his head hard. The two cleaned out his pockets and ran off.



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