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Knowing the nature nearby

Behold, a peafowl tree!

My collegial book group recently read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods. I did not agree with every one of the author’s points, but I was intrigued by the idea of intimately getting to know the place where … read more.

Possibilities and freedom

I don’t know about you, but I love the coming of the new year – the possibilities are delicious.

Yet those same possibilities can be overwhelming—we want to do ALL the things, which, even if it were feasible, would be exhausting and likely … read more.

Giving praise

This post originally appeared in our November Emersonian newsletter.

Raising up the next generation is not unlike navigating a minefield – so many opportunities for explosive missteps. Do this – but not too much of it. Don’t do that, unless…

One of the most wrought pieces, … read more.

Choices seem easier on sunny days…

Yes, that’s my recycling bin, beginning to float away…

I’m writing this on Thursday, September 19th, as my street, and many across southeast Texas, are filled with water from Tropical Storm Imelda. A friend posts on Facebook – Whose idea was it to … read more.

Affirmations to go!

Earlier in August, we embraced the affirming spirit of the Queer Eye team, writing simple messages to share with one another. Here’s a sampling – try one or two on for size!

You are awesome! As is.

You are a good person – just the way you … read more.

Change happens!

Summer 2000

Each summer we spend time with my family in Wisconsin. The first time I made the drive with my sons, they were nine months old. One of them had a broken arm—carseat strap logistics were extra complicated. On the way home … read more.

Of hobbies and community

Every Wednesday a group of fabulous folks sit in The Gathering Place and work on their handcrafts- knitting and crocheting and cross-stitch and embroidery… I drop by to say hello and look on with awe.

Such crafts are not among my gifts, but in my free … read more.

Take a (Spring) break?

My sons, freshmen at Texas A&M, get their first college Spring Break this month. Not exactly party animals, they’ll enjoy the free room and board of home. Of course, the rest of us will not have the luxury of a full week off.   

But perhaps Spring Break can remind us to take Sabbath. 

It’s good to … read more.