Here’s how to care for them indoors and outside

Poinsettia Arrangement in Motel Lobby, © Barbara Radisavljevic

Poinsettias Are Popular for Decorating Outside

When I was growing up, we had a poinsettia plant near our back door. My mom didn’t like it. Maybe it was because of the sticky white sap that dripped when she cut the “flowers” off to bring them in for December flower arrangements. Some people believe the sap is poisonous. My mom said it was. Actually, it usually just irritates the skin.

Here on the California Central Coast, we can put poinsettias and sunflowers together outside at the same time, as long as there is no frost. …


A complete index to my Medium posts organized by subject

Collage of the aspects of my life I write about
Collage of the aspects of my life I write about
Collage created by © Barbara Radisavljevic from her photos related to writing topics

Medium’s new profile design has made older evergreen articles harder to find. Who wants to scroll randomly down a profile to find a topic of interest? I’ve tried to make my profile easier to navigate by indexing my articles by category. Articles I like best are at the top part of each category.

As I organized this, I discovered that it’s hard to compartmentalize my life. My Christian worldview and faith permeate most articles because they influence how I view everything from relationships to nature. It was also hard to separate many of my articles about family and personal life…


Remove what’s blocking the light or hide in a larger shadow

Shadows Across the Charolais Corridor Trail in Paso Robles, California with a long gray thundercloud
Shadows Across the Charolais Corridor Trail in Paso Robles, California with a long gray thundercloud
Shadows Across My Path, © Barbara Radisavljevic

We walk often through shadows during our lives

Shadows darken some of the happiness in our lives. They may be shadows of divorce, bereavement, illness, pain, unresolved conflicts, decisions to be made, unfinished tasks, or financial troubles. Maybe there is some other shadow dimming your peace and joy in life. Maybe you are walking through many shadows at once. Most of us are.

As I face this new year, I’m walking through shadows everywhere. With the Covid pandemic spreading and a new strain surfacing in my state, the shadow of death is never far away. My husband and I are both over 75.

We have an unresolved problem…


Is your idea of Christmas secular, religious, or just confused?

Lighted House, © Barbara Radisavljevic

Some think Christmas is only a season filled with lights, a season when people try to treat each other more kindly, a season when they give more than usual to others. Some see it primarily as a time to celebrate the coming of Christ to show earth’s people what God is like and to save them from their sins. Some think it’s simply a time to nurture family traditions.

Those traditions often include decorating inside and out. It’s when the family Christmas tree goes up inside and yard decorations go up outside. Those decorations may have secular or religious themes…


Inflatable Christmas Yard Decorations, Author Photo,© Barbara Radisavljevic


Plants bees love from late summer to late winter

Bee on yarrow, seen on a walk. Author photo, © Barbara Radisavljevic

Almost everyone knows that without bees it would be hard for people to survive. Crops would not be pollinated. That’s why we should do all we can to help bees thrive by using our gardens to help supply what they need during autumn and winter.`

In October 2014 I attended a talk by Anna Rempel at the Golden Oaks Honey Festival in Paso Robles. The topic was how to landscape to help the bees survive the cold season when much of their forage disappears.

She encouraged us to plant bee-friendly herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees in our yards. We should…


When I’m not writing, I’m often in my garden. Personal collection, taken in 2013.


What is God's agenda?

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

David’s political enemies were trying to destroy him. He wrote the words below around 1060 B.C. to describe how he felt as he considered their plots against him. These words seem just as appropriate in the political climate of the United States in December 2020 as they were when David wrote them. Politicians still plot to take down their enemies.

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words…


How malls have affected my life and why I won’t miss them if they disappear

Image by Pascal König from Pixabay

I opened the door to the labyrinth of hallways the customers of the Oaks Mall never see. Immediately I wanted to flee back to the colorful brightly lit part of the crowded mall from which I’d come. In contrast, the deserted dark hallway I was entering freaked me out.

I couldn’t help but remember a recent news story of a woman who had been murdered in such a place. Were I to scream, no one would have heard me. As the approaching freight elevator groaned to announce it was almost to my floor, all I wanted was to escape. …


Looking at political controversy today

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Yesterday a dear friend emailed with her perception of the election results. I felt sick. She’s intelligent. She is kind. She is not a political person. I have no idea about which channels she watches or how much time she spends on social media. But we do see the election results very differently. And I wasn’t sure how to respond to her email.

I prayed about how to answer her email truthfully without hurting her or questioning her judgment. I know she’s a person of goodwill. We may have even voted the same way. We didn’t talk about that. I…

Barbara Radisavljevic

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California. https://barbrad.com

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