spiritual life

I should have eaten more cheese

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” Willie Nelson, American musician Not long before my bodily self went utterly lactose intolerant, I stood in a market in Pittsburgh's Strip District and eyed an aged cheese hanging from the ceiling by lovely twists of rope. Sigh. We were already loaded… Continue reading I should have eaten more cheese

family life, spiritual life

The ever-changing table

"There is always, always something to be thankful for." poster wisdom The era that set all that Thanksgiving should be in my mind was actually rather brief. It began the year my immediate family returned to our Chicago-area home base and ended about 10 years later, when the cousins began to move away. And away… Continue reading The ever-changing table

spiritual life

Always something there to remind me

"I can't seem to find Funkytown on Google Maps." bumper sticker wit It is probably difficult for Millennials or Gen Z-ers to imagine, but there was once a time when one could pump gas or buy groceries without listening to music. There are yearbooks to contend with, as well. Here I am in my 1980s… Continue reading Always something there to remind me

spiritual life, writing

In defense of small and quirky

"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of." Ogden Nash, American poet I once knew a couple who were clever in ways that made their very presence a delight -- even if their skills didn't bring much cash to their bank accounts. They milked a small herd of goats to… Continue reading In defense of small and quirky