Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

a good start...

When you start your morning in Pardee Outpatient Radiology, a good breakfast goes a long way toward setting your day back on track.
The radiology appointment turned out to be a false alarm. They thought something might be wrong, but their machine saw right through it.

The morning feast at Mike's on Main made the trip worthwhile. We didn't eat again the rest of the day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


 It takes us a while to get settled into a place. Only a year-and-a-half after we arrived at our present digs, we finally had our old table from down the mountain in place for a meal this week.

It may not look like much to you, but the Main Muse, Simon and I have considerable history stored in these boards. Friends long since returned to earth sat with us here and shared laughter and food and love. Births and birthdays and new jobs and passages and arrivals and departures and joinings and separations too numerous to recount now, have been commemorated and recalled round this old table.

Friends and kindred, and on occasion, unwary strangers have rejoiced and wept together here, fed one another, encouraged and comforted one another, healed one another. Sometimes we have sat in yielded silence while Spirit moved and made us one and made us new. Glad news and sad news have been shared here, and heart-deep questions raised without fear of judgments. 

I sat down at this table with David Longley and recorded a podcast segment for All Who Wander about my first novel. It is still my favorite place to write on a sleepless night when the only souls awake in the house are me and the Three Little Girls. Everything has changed over the years, it seems, but this old table reminds us that all that is really important abides.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fancy that...

Don”t live here if you don't fancy walking tilted ground under wild skies, but if living on the alive edge of miracle is your bag, this is your place. Ever changing, it is, behind that strange and familiar face, and if you stay here awhile, you discover it is ever changing you.

So if you've already decided who you're going to be happily ever after, you might want to settle down someplace else. On the other hand, if you like your mirror full of surprises, hang around with us. This place can be quite becoming to those who love her back.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

But I know...

I don't own a television,
or a wrist watch,
or an i-phone,
but I know what day it is,
I know where I am,
I'm happy to be right here,
I'm grateful to be right now.
So it's hard to believe
I've missed any essential

Saturday, July 22, 2017

If you can...

If you can live under a sky like this and not be filled with wonder,
If you can live under a sky like this and not love your neighbor,
If you can live under a sky like this and not be ever thankful,
If you can live under a sky like this and not believe in God,
God still believes in you.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Labels are fine for cans. How else do we know the peas from the peaches on the grocery shelf? Labels don't help us much with people though. Mainly, they just tell us who not to like, who to be afraid of, who not to be friends with. Putting labels on all the people you meet is a sure way to be lonely.