Holy Mary, Mother of God. I have started my 30-day Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and wait'll you get a load of the place I'm staying at in Gloucester, Mass., for the month of July. More next week, if I can calm down long enough to write. Truly, I have hit the jackpot.
Before leaving my beloved Rye Beach, NH, however, and at the risk of OD-ing on peonies, I feel moved to share these pix I took in the back yard of my cousin Richard's. Many of the blooms were in the stages of early to mid-decay, which entranced me.
At the very least, I will get a good tan.