A Sense of Belonging

“Captain Benwick reading poetry aloud while Captain Harville mends his fishing net is a little image of how she imagined a secure home and a sense of belonging.” I read this morning, sitting under the parasol on my yard. The early morning breeze tells me that the autumn is not far off. I can taste…

Waiting out the Rain

It’s a quiet morning, just waiting out the rain in my car. A brief sunny day after more than a week of rain storms passed quickly and the familiar rain is here again. All morning, I have been hearing depressing stories. Jobs are on the line for two of my direct family members. Basically all…

Like the Light of Morning at Sunrise

The relentless rain has passed finally and the morning without clouds has come. I woke up early with the sounds of wild birds and my dog slowly rose, too. It’s his big day. Neutering day. I left early in the dawn to drop him off at the vet office. I haven’t had chance to be…

Shortness of Life

  I picked some bell peppers, jalapenos, perilla leaves, and tomatoes just before dinner time to go with my spicy chicken dinner. I love that I am able to cook up dinner without going to a grocery store for over a week. I just walked to the garden to pick whatever I need, and whatever…

True calling

My daughter colored this page last week and we loved it so much that we hung it next to our window in the kitchen. It was only days ago that I noticed the phrase printed under the pony picture. It reads “…..This baby pony may not know what her true calling is, but she is…

Misty Morning

I can see the sun hidden behind the thick morning mist still making its usual rounds. Before I know it, the mist gives way to the persistent sun and the full daylight is before me. Clear sky, clear mind, clear visions, and clear answers… I find myself silently sending my wish list to God. Whenever…

Silence of God

It’s a cool summer morning after the rain shower swept through. It brings me back to the day when I was just arriving at the cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountain at the monastery. Sudden rain storm was hailing on us. We had to wait out in the car for the rain to give us…

A Place to See, Hear, and Feel God

Where do you want to go now? I ask her. We just finished our Friday morning swim class. It was only 10 in the morning. We still had a whole day ahead of us. Ummm…  My two-year-old toddler is in deep thoughts for a moment. I watch her in anticipation wondering what she would say….

Daffodils

  *** *** Today, I bought a small pot of daffodils. I picked one with two flower bulbs just shy of peek. I could tell they were eager to bloom but were holding it off just in case something wonderful happened to them. I brought my new plant into my warm living room. It’s 35…

My Soul is Convinced

Logic and sermons never convince, The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul – Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman Such a sunny day, such intense light all afternoon. It’s hard to imagine that in just three hours, this corner of the world that I live in will lose its daylight and welcome the…