Invitation from a Winter Star

December 21, 2020 | Tags: , , ,

Conjunction On the longest night of a long, long-shadowed year, a new star shining briefly on the horizon, aligns the slowest planets in the sky. Jupiter and Saturn appear as one, in a proximity 456 million miles wide, to the earthbound eye one fifth the width of the moon. * What proximity might my heart’s […]

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Thanks Enough

November 25, 2020 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Never before, in my experience, has Thanksgiving looked like this — the turkey waiting to be roasted while the guest list dwindles to our immediate household, all of us advised not to gather. Instead, we are asked to shelter in place on a day usually marked by hauling out extra leaves for the table, extra […]

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Reading the Signs of the Times

November 11, 2020 | Tags: , , , ,

It first appeared in our yard the Monday of election week. With so much on the line, I guess I was looking for a sign – and afraid of getting one I didn’t want. So the arrival of a white rock dove – as emblematic of peace as anything I could have conjured – was […]

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The Lineage of Trust

October 6, 2020

Years ago, visiting Lake Superior with a college friend, we walked out on the glassy landscape of that frozen Great Lake. Enjoying the March sunlight already warm on our faces, we stood still, taking in the scene with appreciation and wonder until a loud crack thundered through the ice beneath our feet. My friend Tom, […]

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