Lily Pad Days

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and … More Lily Pad Days

True Grit

Dedicated to my mother, Gracie, on this Mother’s Day … she loved her westerns and cowboys, too! “…If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of … More True Grit

Saturday in the Park

“People dancing, people laughing. A man selling ice cream. Singing Italian songs. Everybody is another. Can you dig it (yes, I can). And I’ve been waiting such a long time…for Saturday.”  Saturday in the Park, Chicago, 1973 Just thinking of the combination – the beautiful blend of the year, my age, a new bike. Freedom. … More Saturday in the Park

Simplicity

Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Amen Tucked away somewhere under the boxes and bags, the tinsel and lights – there really is a December simplicity. We hardly ever give it … More Simplicity

Providence 

Providence — the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen … More Providence 

Watershed Time

Mystic Falls, Yellowstone National Park, July 2017 watershed time:  an event or period in life that roots in loss or transition— significant because this time represents a major shift or change to what has long been known.  A time when you just know nothing will ever be the same again. If you look back over … More Watershed Time

to have friends…

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”  Henry David Thoreau  Dotted across my journey over all the years and all the miles are the blessings of so many treasured friendships. There is simply no doubt, I have been given these friends as … More to have friends…

Chuck’s Tapestry

“Death?  There is no death…only a change of worlds.”  Chief Seattle, Native American leader His tapestry was stretched far across from one end of the tent to the other  — a mosaic of my cousin Chuck’s life.  A person’s tapestry is the full chronology, the lens of a life it reflects and remembers.  The perfect setting for remembering him was … More Chuck’s Tapestry

Home

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.” J.E. Pearce Going home.  No place like home.  Homecoming.  Make yourself at home.  It’s good to be home.  Home sweet home……… As 2016 opened a winter walk in the neighborhood found me saying aloud, into the chilly night … More Home