*Beauty & Mystery

Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life…Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on 
the wonders and realities of the universe about us, 
the […]


When you defile the pleasant streams And the wild bird’s abiding place, You massacre a million dreams And cast your spittle in God’s face. – John Drinkwater • • • Yesterday, I was walking along the shore here in Branford. The sky was blue, the sun was warm on my face. A salty breeze blew […]

Falling in Love with Angels

[ This was too delicious NOT to share. Thank you Jennifer Louden for sharing this on YOUR blog; thank you Jack Ridl for the beauty of your words. – Jen] • • • The Materialism of Angels by Jack Ridl Of course the angels dance. If not on the head of a pin, then maybe […]


When Gary Burghoff (a.k.a. MASH’s Radar O’Reilly) stopped into the donut shop I worked at during college, I smiled politely while the other waitress clawed her way past me to wait on him. In Boston one night, I passed Paula Abdul and nodded hello as she passed. “PAULA!” squealed one of my friends and chased […]

Potted Prayers

“Connection with gardens, even small ones, even potted plants, can
 become windows to the inner life. The simple act of stopping and 
looking at the beauty around us can be prayer.” 
- Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden • • • Above: rosemary, thyme, tarragon, oregano, basil and lemon verbena. Copies of The Sacred Garden: […]

Technology or Cheese: You Decide

In a recent commencement address, President Obama noted that with technology, “information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation.” On the same day I read that, I saw this post on Jennifer Louden’s blog Comfort Queen: “For a few years now, […]