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

Why Connecting Kids With Nature Could Just Save the World (Part 2)

Two-by-two the kids made their way down the path. The air was cool and crisp; the sky blue with wispy cirrus clouds creating a patchwork blanket as far as the eye could see. Even standing at the end of the pack, you could hear and feel the kids’ excitement as they kept their eyes peeled for signs of wildlife. For some, this was the first time they had ever done anything like this. We... Read More

This Winter Night

[Editor's Note: Earlier this week during one of my nightly jaunts to do some chores outside, I was captivated by my surroundings in a way I hadn't felt before. It's been a long time since I wrote -- and shared so quickly -- poetry. I hope it can deliver a sense of what I experienced.] The cold – piercing shiver of solitude Riding the back of the bitter wind it impales with... Read More

Star Struck

“Hitch your wagon to a star.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Most nights, after the kids have nestled into bed and the kitchen is cleaned from dinner, I undertake an almost daily ritual. Grabbing the compost bucket from under the counter and donning my headlamp, I venture outside into the night to do some chores. It’s a quick walk to the edge of the backyard — past... Read More

Thanksgiving Wishes for You and Yours

As we drawer closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take a brief moment to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe day with friends and family. I continue to be so very thankful for your readership, comments and sharing. It is truly humbling. In a world so full of hustle and bustle, I hope you can find time to pause and reflect on all those simple things which make each... Read More