Essential Work

Sitting on the back porch of 2020, watching for the sun to rise on the next year, I am grateful for our common task that binds us - this essential work of loving in the time we have to love. Let's get busy with that, shall we? And in the meantime, I share some excerpts …

Before and After (a poem)

Before and after There’s this thing going around about how we should not want to go back to “normal” because what came before should be – upon reflection – forsaken. I don’t know what your normal looked like before, but as for me, I can’t wait to have an unplanned conversation with a colleague by …

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.