Nature Helps

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes … Continue reading Nature Helps

Silence and Chapels

Dear Reader, I spent last weekend with my family an hour north of here. The fields were ripe and plump with corn, the woods lush and full. My parents were liberal with the hanging baskets this year, and sitting on the front porch surrounded with flowers felt like living in a private garden. The roar … Continue reading Silence and Chapels

Fall and Flashbacks

Dear Reader, Summer is winding down. Dusk comes early and the nights are growing colder. Facebook is saturated with back-to-school photos. The August page of our calendar is nearly filled and is begging to be flipped to clean, fresh September. These last weeks are a mini-era of final excursions, hitting the last few items on … Continue reading Fall and Flashbacks

A Separate Life

Dear Reader, I spent years anticipating this time. Somehow, so seamlessly it escaped my notice, the minutes became hours, which formed a day, and enough of those passed where I started calling them weeks and then months. And two months has now brought me to my penultimate day in Stirling. Sometimes beginnings, endings, and milestones … Continue reading A Separate Life