Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Monday, April 1, 2013

Living Green is a matter of thinking green.

When God started us out in a garden, He had me in mind.

The pleasure of breaking off crisp full broccoli heads is easy to understand. Perhaps cutting a few hands full of baby spinach leaves to go in a salad is understandable to most also. There is a bit more work involved in harvesting the rich green parsley before it bolts and is gone for the hot summer. It is spread in a broad pan to dry on my sun porch before going in a jar for the kitchen. These few things have come from my garden today, planted among ornamental plants, but more beautiful to me than the bright faces of pansies. This far some could understand, even if it is very easy to buy parsley already in a jar.

But how to explain that sometimes the clear water in my dishpan from rinsing store bought berries is poured into a watering vessel to end up watering my atrium plants instead of going down the sink. How to say why I cut up the stems of the harvested parsley and toss them back on top of the garden mulch. Why do I bury the apple core and strawberry tops and other green trimmings in the garden soil to draw earth worms to my garden? These tiny gestures from a one person household cannot make any real difference to our mother Earth. This way of enjoying my tiny yard makes sense only because it makes me the gardener happier. Living intimately with my garden feeds me in a fundamental way, far beyond the little tomatoes forming there. I am thankful to have a garden again for this first Spring in my new home.

The Gaia theory developed by James Lovelock seems fundamental to understanding our Earth to me. Google it to read Wikipedia’s short explanation of our interconnectedness in this beautiful design as Lovelock sees it. I have enjoyed two of his full length books.  e


  1. Your "tiny gestures" in my opinion make a difference. Anything each of us does to be green helps. At age 66, I remember living in country and being self-sufficent brings back the most wonderful memories. Have a blessed day.

  2. I have gardened by the Gaia theory for years...we have mantis and lizards and garden snakes, good bugs and bad bugs all around, where there used to be nothing but dry sand. You are wrong--the tiny gestures from your one-person household DO make a difference to Mother Earth, just as the toil of one little earthworm make a difference in his part of your garden. Loved this post, Edyth. I wish we were next door neighbors. We would have much to talk about besides dolls.

  3. a beautiful post indeed, my Friend ~ living by the theory that all is connected is as simple as it gets, but most folks don't take the take to simplify...things are over thought, over worked and over stressed about. too much wasted energy and negative-ness.

    such a refreshing post, you've charged my morning with all things good!
    Blessed be,
    Lori from Notforgotten Farm

  4. What a beautiful post. Of course those gestures make a difference to our Mother Earth. If everybody gives back a little of the bounty we all receive, then the Earth and future generations will benefit from it.


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