spiritual life

Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?

“All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World When Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, traveled from Caesarea to Jerusalem in the early AD 300s, the ink on the Edict of Milan was barely dry. In theory, the document provided respite and… Continue reading Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?

gardening, spiritual life

Hot mess or hot opportunity?

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist The view from our kitchen window is different than it has ever been in the 12 years we have lived in this very old house. It's also different from outside the house, which is located on a busy… Continue reading Hot mess or hot opportunity?


Money-in-the-bank potatoes

“Look at that moon. Potato weather for sure.” Thornton Wilder, "Our Town" Dinner time seems to be under attack. Warm potatoes. Peppery flakes. Mmmmm. It is amazing how many events we attend throughout the year that devour the hours of 6-8 p.m. A super-late dinner may work in some places in the world, but it… Continue reading Money-in-the-bank potatoes

books, family life

2 books that cozy up to fall

"He packs wool sheared in April, honey in combs, linen, leather tanned from deerhide, and vinegar in a barrel hooped by hand at the forge’s fire." American poet Donald Hall, Ox-Cart Man This book has a permanent place in our collection. There are a handful of books that have a permanent presence in my life.… Continue reading 2 books that cozy up to fall