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
Last month, Mary Oliver departed this life, after 83 years as a “bride married to amazement.” Or at least that was how she articulated the end-of-life hopes she held for herself in the poem “When Death Comes” in 1992. I find comfort in the belief that is exactly the state she found herself in at … More Legacy Part I
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?
It is mid-April and I am hunkered down yet once again, nudged indoors by forceful winds and dropping temperatures. A frozen fortress quickly forms around me, as the snow falls heavy and wet to the warming earth of northwestern Wisconsin. I’m reminded of the remaining quiet of this season, reminded to keep the fires … More April: Stoking the Fire
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
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You might already be aware of the fact that work takes up a lot of time for a large number of people in modern culture.You may even be one of those folks who feels like they spend more time at the office or behind the till or at the wheel…
We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. Wandering by lone sea breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. World losers and world forsakers, for whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are movers and shakers of the world forever it seems. Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy How do you make music? … More Dreamers of the Dream
Like Leonard Cohen, singing of loss and love, make clear the beauty of what we stand to lose or what we have already destroyed. Celebrate the microscopic sea-angels. Celebrate the children who live in the cold doorways and shanty camps. Celebrate the swamp at the end of the road. Leave no doubt of the magnitude … More A Wild Dare: Who’s In?