Down in the Garden

It’s a quiet, deep green, rain-misted first Saturday of summer. The cat finds his place on the rocker, circles the seat twice, then settles in for the afternoon. Ballgame is on tv in the other room. The boy reads a new novel from our library visit this morning, stretching his long pre-teen legs out from …

Slow me down

This last week marked the end of a busy school year for me (I work at a school) and my son (now officially entering 7th grade). Time flies. And so do we, from day to year, from task to chore to distraction and, occasionally, to dreams. It is no coincidence I chose this poem, "Slow …

Tent Poles

My extended in-laws buried two of their own on Saturday. Two different towns, two different groups of friends, family, colleagues, neighbors – similar sharing, binding, parting. The second gathering was graveside. I stood under a tent on the side of a hill filled with the remains of other people’s families, the light rain keeping time …

The Hardest Word

“It's sad, so sad (so sad) Why can't we talk it over? Oh it seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word” ~ By Bernie Taupin, Elton John You can’t swing a cat in a crowded subway station these days without hitting an offender. By “offender,” I mean someone who has wronged …

The Door of Decision

"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." ~ Revelations 3:20   A door is a choice: Ignore or open, walk away or knock. Eat alone or make room for one more.

Oh Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree How lovely are thy branches O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree How lovely are thy branches Your boughs so green in summertime Stay bravely green in wintertime O tannenbaum, o Christmas tree How lovely are thy branches   (author unknown)

What Linus Said

This time of year practically overflows with holiday memories, traditions, sights and sounds, scents from the kitchen, things to do. So much to be treasured, and so much to be... managed. It is - simply speaking - a lot of stuff, and I wouldn't be rid of any of it necessarily. I just pause to …