Author: Jim Kerr

Nature’s Lessons in Patience

It’s a few days before the official start of spring here in southeastern Pennsylvania but winter is very much in control. We are still digging out from a late-winter storm earlier in the week that brought us ten inches of snow. This Saturday morning I woke up to freezing rain. More sleet and snow are predicted for the rest of the weekend. This all comes after some unseasonably warm days in early March that gave everyone around here a case of spring fever. I was even able to pick a bunch of early blooming daffodils from the bumper crop...

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This is My Time

While out on my walk this morning with Cassie, a simple but profound thought struck me. I was watching Cassie run gleefully through the woods (she loves our early morning walks) when the thought came to me: This is my time. Just four words, but they resonated like the peal of a bell. This is my time. What was God saying to me? What did my spirit want me to hear as I walked alone through this patch of Pennsylvania woods on a mid-February morning? I didn’t know, so I just allowed the words to work through me as...

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What Bothers Me Most About the Trump Ascendancy

Okay, it’s official. Barack Obama is out and we now have a billionaire businessman occupying the White House. No looking back now. The inauguration is over. The people have spoken. The deed is done. Donald Trump, erector of hotels and casinos, reality TV host and personality, is now the 45th President of the United States. A lot of people I know are very worried. Understandably so. After all, this is not a man who epitomizes the qualities of what we think of as a president or a leader. He is narcissistic, thin-skinned and impulsive. He tweets from the hip,...

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The Stark Simple Beauties of Winter

Our lives are frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau A new year has begun and so, for me, the annual purging begins. As much as I love the holidays, they are exhausting. I eat too much, spend too much, rush around too much. It’s all too crazy, at least for my sensitive nature. I step into January feeling the need to shift into lower gear. And so I put away the decorations, take down the lights, and crawl into the dark, comforting cave of winter. Call me crazy, but I love winters in Pennsylvania –...

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Are Puppies the Path to Enlightenment?

Do any yoga masters own dogs? Is it possible to reach enlightenment when you have a puppy in the house? These questions have been going through my mind since I got my new German Shorthair Pointer puppy a few weeks ago. Her name is Cassie. She’s cute as a button, endearingly affectionate and loving and full of life and personality. And she’s a little trouble-maker. She snaps like a turtle and terrorizes the cat and runs in mad circles in the morning after she’s had her meal. If there’s trouble anywhere to be had in her vicinity, she will...

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