Gratitude (kind of) for the darkness

Friends, solstice is upon us. Tomorrow. That is right, the days of winter darkness shift toward the light. I don’t want to speak for y’all but damn, it is time for the dark days of 2016 to exit the building.  The church I attend had a lovely solstice celebration this past Sunday. We toasted “wasail” (apple juice)Continue reading “Gratitude (kind of) for the darkness”

I don’t like onions! I make them cry!

That was the three-year-old in response to stuffing being placed on her thanksgiving plate. The nerve! You don’t even want to hear what she said about the celery. (She did however find Redi-whip to be quite to her liking. She ran around the house with it clutched in her hands and squealing. It took threeContinue reading “I don’t like onions! I make them cry!”

A year later: broken open but not broken

I started this blog a little more than a year ago and so much has changed in that time. I thought about this earlier this week as I rolled a pie crust, dancing to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, belting out old standards that my mom loved. I felt so much joy. This was possiblyContinue reading “A year later: broken open but not broken”

Redwood Ecosystems and Life After Death

Remembering my beautiful mom today. I continue to draw sustenance from her love. In the redwood ecosystem, buds for future trees are contained in pods called burls, tough brown knobs that cling to the bark of the mother tree. When the mother tree is logged, blown over, or destroyed by fire –when, in other words,Continue reading “Redwood Ecosystems and Life After Death”

Take time to remember

End of the Beginning by James Northrup Someone said we begin to die the minute we’re born. Death is a part of life. Who knows why the Creator thins the herd. Another old saying says we must all be prepared to give up those we love or die first. Take time to mourn. Take timeContinue reading “Take time to remember”