slow down for beauty

sedum, close up

You might miss these tiny rosy spikes of sedum if you walked by too quickly. In the winter garden, you’ve got to really look to find color and life: slow down, look under dead leaves, lean in close. But that makes it all the more beautiful.  My mom would have been 90 this month. Alzheimer’s … Read moreslow down for beauty

hollow and broken places

“It is in winter that trees reveal what they most truly are….. the wounds that trees have suffered in their lives, hollow places, and the decay.” – Allen Lacy, Farther Afield “I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.” – Atticus “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – … Read morehollow and broken places

the whole earth is filled, and so am I

sun lighting up a field of weeds

Last weekend, I went to a writer’s conference, a 3-hour drive from home. I arrived at my hotel a bit before sunset, and having spent the entire day indoors or on the road, I decided to sit outside and enjoy what sun was left before checking in. Next to the hotel was this field of … Read morethe whole earth is filled, and so am I

clearing your head

yellow leaves on deck

How often do we need to renew our minds? I was thinking about this yesterday while sweeping our deck. There are a couple mature trees near our deck, and their branches hover over the deck. They provide lovely shade — but also leaves. If I don’t keep the deck swept, leaves get tracked into the … Read moreclearing your head