Lovely summer. Yesterday, a puddle of sunshine flooded my patio. I took my coffee outside. The dog came with me and settled down at my feet. We sat there quietly for a little while. Then a bug whizzed past and smacked into the window, ricocheted off and landed on its back. Its feet flailed in the […]
Gorgeous abundant spring is here, and galloping toward summer. My tulips and irises are blooming, dandelions have spread their seed, and the grass has been mowed twice. I have been working in my compost heap, setting it to rights. It has reminded me of when I owned horses and how we yard workers each took turns […]
My lovely poet friend Claudia came for poetry and lunch. As we caught up with each other, we shared parts of our writing life. I told her that sometimes I just can’t write. Birds outside my window are just birds. Snow when it falls, is just cold. I’ve given myself permission to write nothing, if the writing isn’t alive. I […]
…every human intervention impacts something or someone on the planet.
“This, Doctor,” said Chee-Chee, “is the pushmi-pullyu – the rarest animal of the African jungles, the only two-headed beast in the world!” I recently re-read The Story of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting. The book I have is a childhood copy, dating from 1923, the first Canadian edition. I’m not sure which child coloured in […]
This is the time of year when Christians recollect the story of a child being born. This human story is not romantic. The child was born in a stable. I’ve worked in a horse stable. The smell of urine would have been strong. The wind would have whipped through the boards. The mum laboured alone, giving birth to her first child. The step-dad […]
When it comes to the rocks on the front lawn, I could stamp my feet and say we need to hire our guys again. But that would not address the real crux of the inner battle I’m waging – that of true partnering.
Living creatively and vibrantly begins with allowing words and thoughts to flow in all directions, unexpectedly opening new possibilities for us and the world.
I’ve been taking watercolour classes. I’m a rank beginner and I have a long LONG way to go before I can say I know what I’m doing. I love everything about watercolour, and yet I am heavy handed and clumsy with it. Every once in a while I have a little moment of clarity and WOW a […]
I’ve been ruminating on this idea of making plans and letting them go as I watch my yard dry up so the grass is crunchy underfoot and the flowers barely keep their bloom. This summer has given me a good opportunity to consider how little control I have over nature. Perhaps I don’t really have as much ‘control’ over anything […]