“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?
"When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 It started before dawn one day last week. Three of us were already up and having breakfast when a low rumble began in the backyard and morphed into a trembling that could be felt through the house. Our… Continue reading 7 things I’ve learned in a week without running water
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet" The morning glory we knew. The mysterious white-flowered vine, not so much. There was a time when we didn't even know there was a vine. Our real estate agent, who lived in the… Continue reading Mystery vine
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer The goldfinches aren't touching the flowers that are already in seed state, of course. They want the fresh stuff! Were goldfinches not so insanely cute, I wouldn't be nearly so tolerant. They're out there,… Continue reading Going to seed
“It is a troublesome thing, Halford, this susceptibility to affronts where none are intended.” Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" At a recent workshop associated with the journalistic part of my career, a statement made by a Millennial arrested my attention. During some rule setting that preceded a group discussion, this young woman set a… Continue reading Assuming positive intent