For Granted

*1: to assume (something) as true, real, unquestionable, or to be expected 2: to value (something or someone) too lightly: to fail to properly notice or appreciate (someone or something that should be valued) Indoor plumbing, clean water that is always nearby, a home with walls,  a real floor, a roof, shoes, socks, coats— clothingContinue reading “For Granted”

Familiar Rhythms

After a trial, once the storm  has passed, those hours  after your heart  has been beating so fast, in the still-falling hush once you can breathe again, you find solace in the simplest gifts, the quiet of evening, your own favorite chair, the way sunset casts light through a parted curtain, and you settle intoContinue reading “Familiar Rhythms”

Centennial Park

Community, then, is an indispensable term in any discussion of the connection between people and land. — Wendell Berry We watched the day end along our city’s skyline, the October night harkening back  to all that makes community special — the flavors, smells, sights, sounds that remind you of where you live now, and whileContinue reading “Centennial Park”

A Beautiful Denouement

The last lingering hour before  bed, stars become twinkle  lights, a gentle wind dances  through the darkened leaves,  and you check the doors,  put the house to sleep,  one room and then the next, until you reach me, one candle left to extinguish, one last kiss, and we fall into dreams until  morning. —C.L. Fisher,Continue reading “A Beautiful Denouement”

Frozen Moment

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. —CHRISTINA ROSSETTI Our little house, stilled in a frozen moment on a Thursday morning, taking a deep breath in and waiting to exhale.Continue reading “Frozen Moment”

Slim Chance of Snow

“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” — Genesis 8:22, NLT We awoke to a weather change, that full kind of sky, full of light, full of expectation, full of what  might fall, and we baked some gingerbread scones, brewed anotherContinue reading “Slim Chance of Snow”