If autumn is a slow death Then winter is her last step Almost suddenly Everything is gone Life on the surface Surrenders to frigid air And gives up its breath, its color, its warmth The last rose blooms And dies Fading color invites the Long, cold silence Where do you put hope in the darkest … Continue reading A Winter Solstice poem
Autumn is the greatest death Who can compare to the leaf's final days? With great flourish and beauty they die with their neighbors taking on fire, earth, light copper, crimson They know they must die and decide to do it majestically Entertaining and spellbinding the world Drawing more vibrancy from death than they did from … Continue reading A Poem: An Invitation To Die
Dan and I moved into a house a couple weeks ago, and now have a yard to take care of! I noticed before we moved in that there were a few of rose bushes pretending to be trees in the front and back yard. So after we had enough boxes unpacked to walk around, I … Continue reading Pruning the Roses
Tonight, I really enjoyed cooking. If you know me well, your jaw may have just dropped slightly. The kitchen has not been my favorite place. For most of our marriage, Dan has done nearly all of the dishes and cooking. But recently, since I've stopped eating gluten and dairy, I find that sometimes I have … Continue reading What happens in the kitchen
I was reading Wendell Berry tonight and felt inspired to write a little. Here is the short poem I wrote: I wonder as I wanderwhat grace it musthave took, to createa world intricately bound together, knowingthat some of the creatures wouldseparate themselvesand mark the distance betweenthem, as holy.
Yesterday I worked in a garden. As my husband and I walked back to our house, he spoke about how nice and comforting it was to be in the dirt. I said that I think it's because the dirt reminds us of the circle of life (cue music), and our place in it. We were … Continue reading Warning: You may start singing the Lion King at the top of your lungs…
On this sunny Earth Day, I find myself thinking about my trip to the coast this last week for Pastor's Conference. Walking on the beach is one of my favorite places to connect with God. It's one of my "thin places" where the walls between God and me get really transparent and we can converse … Continue reading Lessons from Creation