A Gift of Fall

… waving woods and waters wild do hymn an autumn sound. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning We pretend it is fall,  and the world  consents, so we open windows, listen to the steady drops, nap near a window where the cloud- cooled winds gently greet us,  put a soup  on a low,  slow simmer, and linger overContinue reading “A Gift of Fall”

Soothing Balm

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship.  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. — PsalmContinue reading “Soothing Balm”

Cape Daisy

You hold a sunrise, the edges and brightness of orange and mellowness of a lavender awakening to plum; your arms outstretch in perfect white light, you are nested in the most vibrant green — an entire arboretum I could walk  through again and again, if only I had more hours to amble and get lostContinue reading “Cape Daisy”

A Wild Joy

Maybe I look half-crazed, kneeling down, waiting amid the greenery and dandelions, swaying as I try to focus…just a little closer, without alarming these airy, little creatures who finally seem to pose, appease the mad woman in the leaves; I wait as they dance and alight, swirl together and land, brushing my hand in aContinue reading “A Wild Joy”


Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro Tiny bouquets at my feet, just when I need them, these leaf-wrapped offerings from nature await, but to enjoy this miniature gift of beauty, I must  be willing to do something extraordinary — stop, bend down, holdContinue reading “Present”

Notes of Santa Fe

The bells began, the clouds rolled in, the rain-cooled breezes moved along the adobe walls, drifting around, swirling down through the sprawling conifers, and everything seemed to pause, accept this moment’s reprieve  from the high-noon sun,  and we found a bench,  surrendered ourselves  to contemplation, heeding the notes of peace in the rhythmic ways ofContinue reading “Notes of Santa Fe”


And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] — Colossians 1:17, Amplified Bible There is this calm that descends with a covering of snow,  and if you listen, attend your ears deeper into the quiet cold, you willContinue reading “Fractals”