*Christmas Blessing

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” — John Muir • • • Merry […]

Trying on a New Tradition

This time of year is steeped in tradition—those of our family, our religion, our community. As if by rote, we bring out the decorations, put up the tree, hang the lights, sings the songs, and eat the foods that are our customs. But, do they still resonate with us? Do they fill our hearts in […]

Joyful Solstice!

The Solstice full moon as it prepares for its eclipse. “Now is the solstice of the year, winter is the glad song that you hear. Seven maids move in seven time. Have the lads up ready in a line. Ring out these bells. Ring out, ring solstice bells. Ring solstice bells. Join together beneath the […]

When Magic Has Its Say

Clearing my head this day is like clearing a thicket of brambles and branches. My thoughts have attached themselves to me like burrs, and it is too cold to stop and try to pull them off. So we walk along the frozen path together. It is quiet in the woods now. Except for the still-suspended […]

A Good Day for Frost

On a Tree Fallen Across the Road by Robert Frost The tree the tempest with a crash of wood Throws down in front of us is not to bar Our passage to our journey’s end for good, But just to ask us who we think we are Insisting always on our own way so. She […]

Wise Women Wise

A gathering of women is like this. There are six of us. We have met once a month for more than a year. Our backgrounds are as varied and diverse as the platters delivered by the waitress tonight—Greek Salad, broiled fish, grilled panini, egg salad, rice pudding. Each month we come together and share the […]

Christmas by the Seat of My Pants

There was never any question. On Easter we drove to Pennsylvania, discovered giant baskets of chocolate, hunted for colored eggs in the yard, and ate ham, brussels sprouts and creamed cucumbers for dinner. There was always a cake shaped like a lamb with coconut frosting and jelly beans for eyes. On Thanksgiving, we spent hours […]