Nature & Stillness

In nature we find an ever-ready mirror of our inner selves, if only we take the time to look.

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...

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...

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...

The Virtues of Porch Sitting

Why do so few people just sit on their porches and watch the world anymore? That question came to me the other day when I went to visit my elderly parents at the old Pennsylvania farmhouse where I grew up. My folks are in their eighties now and are fortunate enough to...

It’s a (Rescue) Dog’s Life

Meet Abby, the relatively famous rescue dog. I met Abby last month while vacationing in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Abby is a small Black Lab mix, and a very intelligent one at that. She loves the water, she loves to retrieve things, and she knows how to surf. That’s...

Surfing for Kids with Cystic Fibrosis

While vacationing in Spring Lake, New Jersey last week, I had the kind of experience that sears the heart of a peaceable man (or woman). My girlfriend and I were walking the beach early one morning when we noticed a colorful “Shaka Tour” tour bus parked along the road...

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