family life, marriage

Now I know why it’s called “silver anniversary”

Photo by artemation through Pixabay. I didn't really notice how paltry our collection of silverware -- by which I mean stainless steel eating implements -- had become until Thanksgiving of last year. I was setting the table and could only come up with seven dinner forks from two unmatched sets, although we had an insane… Continue reading Now I know why it’s called “silver anniversary”

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?

spiritual life

The nature of silver

"Every crowd has a silver lining." P.T. Barnum, American circus entrepreneur The fact our silver-cleaning method involves a puff of smoke at its start concerns me. This doesn't stop us from boiling water, baking soda and aluminum foil and dipping tarnished pieces into the mix, however. It just means we run the fan in the… Continue reading The nature of silver

outdoors, spiritual life

Sea change

“Don't let the rain drive you to the wrong shelter ... sometimes the rain is the perfect protector from the rain.” Michael Bassey Johnson, Nigerian writer In our part of the planet, people are watching the sea -- or at least the sea as seen on The Weather Channel. Hurricane Florence is looming off America's Southeast shore,… Continue reading Sea change