Farewell and Thank You

Well, it’s been a long time in the making. After much thought, I have decided to close out The New Pursuit and move on. This will be the final post. It’s been a wonderful two years — and all the thanks go to all of you who have supported me with your readership, thoughtful comments, and well-wishes. My journey here has been one of discovery, as I have learned to... Read More

On Being Grateful for Gifts the Earth Gives Freely

“The earth is what we all have in common.” ~ Wendell Berry The other day I stumbled on Timber Hawkeye and his message of embracing gratitude in our everyday lives. His message, while not new in the broad sense of things, resonated because of the quiet conviction with which he delivers it. One of his most powerful statements was about how it’s not about our beliefs,... Read More

Preoccupations and the Great Wall of Disconnect

Experiencing the power, peace and purpose of nature and the universe that we are undeniably a part of requires us to experience it first hand. We cannot experience this via proxy. We cannot get our fill through programs on the TV, words on a page, or images on a screen. We have to touch it, breathe it in, let it surround and consume us. Only then can we experience our deep connection... Read More

Reclaiming the Smallness and Intimacy of Yesteryear

There are moments when you have to take a step back and contemplate what we have lost in the face of what we have (supposedly) gained. The other week I found myself one town over picking up an x-ray at a local medical services building. As is the protocol, I went to the front desk, gave my name and explained what I was there for. The chipper and extremely helpful woman behind the... Read More

From Our Garden to Yours: 6 “Mistakes” We Made That You Can Avoid

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” ~ May Sarton It’s about that time again. While winter hasn’t really felt like winter all that much this season, one thing is for sure: The gardening bug is starting to set in. The days are getting longer,... Read More

2011: The Rearview Mirror Edition

In a few short days, 2011 will come to a close and the new year will begin. Naturally, there is reflection. Passing time is like a rearview mirror of sorts; a window back into our lives that is cast wide open when we want it to be. With each passing year, time feels to move quicker. I wonder why that is. Perhaps it is because we find ourselves trying to live amidst a world in warp-drive.... Read More