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Magic Tricks

Magic Tricks

A couple of weeks ago I noticed water in the pond wasn’t moving in gale force winds. I walked over to investigate. The pond was icing over. I watched for a long time, trying to catch ice crystals forming. Like all magic tricks, I couldn’t catch it happening. Transformation everywhere; little miracles on the periphery of attention.

Listening to the Soul of the World

Listening to the Soul of the World

Have you ever heard the sound of the world sighing? Out on Lake Michigan we heard something breathing in and out for several minutes. It was a big sound. A fantastic creature from the deep? A sigh from the sea? The moan of the wind? Or the spirit of the world?

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

The neighborhood kids go back to school next week. While we’re not at the end of summer, you can see it from here. This summer has been so much fun with so many family and friends staying with us. I’ve been so busy enjoying the summer I haven’t recorded all the good memories. I’ve learned if I don’t take time to savor these good times with friends and family the memories fade to quickly.  I hope your summer has been…

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Roses, Hydrangea and Phlox: Three Beauties for Your Table

Roses, Hydrangea and Phlox: Three Beauties for Your Table

Trimmed the rose bushes this weekend so that we’ll have spectacular blooms in September and October. The rose beds look a bit forlorn, but the table vase looks spectacular. Roses, hydrangea and phlox are in abundance right now. It’s a great time to bring them in to brighten your table. The empty rose beds remind me God sometimes prunes our ambitions and projects so that we’ll shine better later.  #behumble #beyourself#gardenwisdom #soulwork #natureheals #natureconnection #naturelovers

Ripening into Bliss in the July Heat

Ripening into Bliss in the July Heat

A friend loaned me Thomas Merton’s Book of Hours. It makes perfect reading on these hot, steamy days when the only sounds outside are cicadas and the shout of children jumping into swimming pools. After a busy two weeks filled with company, meetings and deadlines, it was lovely to escape the heat in my studio, drinking in Merton’s words “The man who is unripe cannot get there, no matter what he does or does not do. But the ripe fruit…

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Is Your Life Going According to Plan? Do You See Misfortune, Luck or the Hand of God?

Is Your Life Going According to Plan? Do You See Misfortune, Luck or the Hand of God?

The chief security against fruitless aguish of impatience, must arise from frequent reflections on the wisdom and goodness of the God of nature, in whose hands are riches and poverty, honour and disgrace, pleasure and pain and life and death. A settled conviction of the tendency of everything to our good, and of the possibility of turning miseries into happiness, by receiving them rightly, will incline us to bless the name of the Lord, whether he gives or takes away.”…

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Appreciating Our Differences

Appreciating Our Differences

Editor’s note (This is a slightly revised version of one of the most popular blogs from 2015. Hope you enjoy) Here we are; 7.2 billion of us spinning on this big rock in the middle of infinite space. That’s 7.2 billion quirky ways of living life. Each of us with our individual preferences in food, music, politics, religion, the clothes we wear. Your preferences, when different from mine, irritate and annoy me. Sometimes our differences of opinion lead to bombs…

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