Gathering Strength

When the news only adds to her shock And no comfort can come from more talk So she won’t feel just grim —to recover her vim— She will play on the sidewalk with chalk! To avoid being tossed to and fro Chasing feelings wherever they go She will search out a door To...

Explosion of Green

An explosion of green!  That’s what we are immersed in right now, the plants burgeoning as we emerge from two weeks of heavy rain. And on the first day with sun, waiting buds exclaimed into bloom. It feels especially jungly (and a bit overwhelming)—after three years...

Getting the Mail, April 4 in Minnesota

Steel blue door, sealed to cozy us mammals within opens with a deep sigh—SWOOSH— a startle of cold, a brilliant white shout,  singing in the sun amid patchy dirt and bedraggled stalks—the fist crocus! Grinning, chest suddenly warm with fluttering, I make my way down...

Nudged By An Angel

In times like these, it’s easy to give in to despair and hopelessness. In addition to witnessing and speaking out against all that is heartbreaking and unjust, maybe we also need to share experiences that contradict the cultural story, foster hope, and reveal the...

Nuts About Dragons

This week begins the Chinese New Year of the Wood Dragon. Generally, I hold only a passing interest in this annual cycle of the Chinese zodiac—it isn’t my culture, after all—but I am thrilled this year. (I admit that I did note I was born under the sign of the Snake...

No Need

  No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself.                                                                                                Virginia Woolf       Solstice Blessings to you! May your holidays hold warmth,...