Collection of gratefulness

Last fall I started writing down 3 things each night that I'm grateful for. I haven't kept up with it consistently, but have managed to gather together an interesting collection of blessings. Here are a handful:I'm grateful for...1. The dining room table. It is good to have a place to gather and eat pancakes, drink …

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The Opposite of a Fence

A few years back I was leading a writing workshop. One of the exercises I gave to the group was to respond to the question, "What is the opposite of a fence?" I participated in this exercise as well, and what follows was my response:A fence keeps out, so the opposite must bring in. So …

Zechariah

I wrote the following thoughts for a Christmas Eve service a few years back. The story surrounding Christ's birth is rich soil for contemplating parenthood. ZECHARIAHAfter praying and waiting and hoping for years, a faithful servant, you couldn’t believe it when the angel came to you. You could not believe the good news, and for …

Grandma Darrow

The level of detail stored in our memories about our parents and our parents' parents is truly remarkable. Pick up an old family photo. See where it takes you. Go ahead, don't be afraid. Try it.GRANDMA DARROWThat you were wearing a dress at a picnicdid not startle me.It was that you were there at all,grey …

Ruth & Naomi

I've always been fascinated by the story of Ruth. What a strange and interesting journey of family. I wrote this poem after having lived in two different "foreign" (to me) countries in less than one year. I felt after that experience that I was beginning to get a glimpse of understanding of Ruth's experience.RUTH & …

HOME

I wrote the following poem in the early days of our engagement (a thousand years ago!), as we were beginning to imagine a lifetime together.HOMEMy fond enigma,your bold cold nose at my window demands entrance from the snow.I open the door,watch you edge up the stair and light upon a corner chairAs if to say,"May …