Spring is officially here! Or the season of natural disillusion, as I have come to call it during those cynical moments when when I can’t seem to keep up with changes in weather or the accompanying shifts in mood and task. Just when you put away the snow boots, the April snow showers are sure … More The Art of Reunion
You know that feeling when you read something and you just can not wait to talk about it with a friend or loved one? I get really excited about new ideas and perspectives and I think talking them over with others has always helped me digest the information into a form that is more clear … More Legacy Part 2
Remember December? Perhaps it seems lifetimes ago already, a distant memory as you get ‘”back to the old grindstone.” Or perhaps last month still looms over today in the form of unsent “Thank you” cards on the desktop, a dying Christmas tree in the corner of the room or a slew of credit card … More Can I Get a Witness?
The quiet and calm of January can be almost deafening, as the chaos and activity of the holiday season wind down and give way to the depths of mid-winter. The snow piles high on the branches of the saggy evergreens and at moments, their riotous roots beneath the frozen earth can seem lightyears away. It … More January: Go Ahead and Stay In
The birds that nest year-round in my neighborhood seem especially disoriented this morning. And why shouldn’t they be? Daytime temperatures in western Wisconsin have hovered just below 40 degrees for the past two weeks, with sweet sun showers powerful enough to warm us right to our bones. This had been a most welcome contrast to … More Ways of Knowing
Wake up to bird song, or waves or whispering pines. Open your eyes to the dawning of a new day, and wander toward voices when you are ready for company of the community. Stretch your body, swim, kayak, run, hike. Let your body move how it wants to move as the light starts to fill the … More A Summer Day
May Day is a day that I remember celebrating in early elementary school by making a basket filled with paper flowers to give to my mother. I can recall giving it to her out in our backyard while standing next to the flowering lilac bush. In the memory, the lilacs are filling the air with their sweet … More Dance in Jubilation
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Today is April 22nd, and it’s the 46th April that has recognized an ‘official’ day to honor the Earth. As the day fades into night, the moon is full and shining over the waters of our little lake. We have a full length window in our shower, (weird, I realize….the former…
Alan Watts likes to ask his students, when doing career counseling, “What would you do if money were no object?” He hopes to get them thinking about what they really enjoy about life, what pursuits they truly want to devote energy toward, and how they want to spend their days. Because after all, “what we … More What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?