The Moon: A Story of Mystery, Hope, and Wonder

“It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.” —Carol Anne Duffy Nature holds many fascinations, like the moon that revolves around the earth that revolves around the sun within a galaxy among known and unknown galaxies. When, where, how did the music of a universe begin, and what undisclosed [...]


How to Do Nothing and Still Live a More Meaningful Life

The very thought of doing nothing runs counter to everything my dad taught me. His favorite admonition when we looked too idle always began with, “Are just going to sit around when there is work to be done?” Maybe that’s why Jenny O’Dell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention [...]


How Do You Capture Shivers? Feeling and Seeing the Seasons

Winter Clouds mask the earth cold, wet, haze no wind Stillness shivers, hours pass no sun, shadows minutes stretch Aimlessly one after another trees stand silent guarding stillness Four blackbirds seek refuge waiting, haunting, invisible to gloom  Endless grey encompasses all while I caress winter Thoughts Where I live [...]


My Year of Reading: The Best, the Good, and the Unfinished

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson If you are a lover of book lists and share my obsession with collecting these lists, here’s one more to add to your collection. Last year I tried something new. In addition to selecting one [...]


How I Started Looking for Creativity in Only the Best Places

Here's the scene. Creativity in Action Two little blond-haired boys gathered out all the small metal cars, re-purposed the plastic racing rails, and spent hours in a world of their own making. As those tiny racers zipped down the track from the top bunk to the finish line padded [...]


Wonder—A Word Worthy of a Year, Maybe More

I’m a logophile—a lover of words. Or logomaniac might better describe my lifelong obsession. Since I first uncovered the magic of the lines and scribbles that formed letters, words continually intrigue and fascinate me. Given my penchant for language, the idea of selecting words to focus my life, work, [...]

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