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Grieving & Planning

Like many, we’ve been grieving this week for Robin Williams.  Personally, I’m heartbroken not just by his death, but by how much suffering he must have felt during his life, amidst all that joy and laughter he was bringing.  I think for any of us who are touched by depression and mental illness – either […]

The Numbers

The Numbers by Kim Addonizio How many nights have I lain here like this, feverish with plans, with fears, with the last sentence someone spoke, still trying to finish a conversation already over? How many nights were wasted in not sleeping, how many in sleep—I don’t know how many hungers there are, how much radiance […]

Out of the Deep Winter

As the last snows melt, and the sun begins to warm more than the top inch of soil, I’m starting to really believe that we made it – spring is here! Whew. This was a long. long. winter, in all senses of the phrase.  We had, like many places, deep snows (which we often do) […]


When spring comes it breaks us open like mercy like we have finally been forgiven. (c) Adrie Lester    

Not Half-Perfect

from “Messenger” by Mary Oliver Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished. (Happy Sunday, everyone.)

Remember: The Red Bowl

Time to remind myself of this, and thought perhaps you’d like a reminder, too.  Blessings on your weekend, friends. The Red Bowl Taking the dog for a walk after work, you smell wild grapes. (Always the question: What more could you want?) It is the second day of fall. You see the dog’s breath and […]

Gratitude Friday – Let the Limbs be Cut Back

Can we be grateful for the hard pieces of our life, as well as the beautiful? Can we accept that there is growth to be found, that there is a lesson we are learning, even if we don’t know what it is yet? * * * “All art …” by Carl Phillips Routinely the sea, […]

Once More

Shekinah, grant me this grace: let these hands shape dough once more, let me be the one to light the morning fire, to stir the pot of soup with the big silver ladle. Let me seek the blessings you have hidden all around us in plain sight. Let me bend down once more to lift […]

A Poem

(First, thank you for all your kind comments and wishes – if I were here more, I would say thank you individually, but for now – a big collective thank you and a hug!) Grandmothers, please come back.  I need you now that you are vanished. Please bring fried chicken and pickles, mashed potatoes with […]

Conception The week you enter our lives, it rains and rains. The rooster shakes his tail feathers in the drizzle and crows for the first time. I had wanted a life ready for you – sheep grazing in the orchard, every room painted the right color. We knew already the ways we would fail you. […]