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As I was heading out today, I saw someone hovering on the sidewalk with a notepad. I told her it was OK to come into the garden — this is what I generally say to hovering strangers — and she said she was just writing down a quote from the poem I have on a sign. (You can see all this by clicking on “Tour” at



When is enough, enough?


You should cut your losses when what you’re doing — such as being patient and hoping someone else will change — just isn’t working. Think about trends & make a diary of the issue, scaled from 1 to 10.

Is it really getting better?

If nothing’s changed for 2-3 months, you either haven’t gotten the person to try, or he/she has simply failed.


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