I've had great ideas for this blog and was going to have a new design and real focus for you in 2015. As you can see, that hasn't happened (yet.) Instead I'm just writing a New Year's greeting. I hope your life and holidays were perfect, at least as good as most of the postings we see social media (except for Pinterest disasters which I love!)Read More
I hope all of my readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving -- ours was rich with blessings, lots of corn pudding, a few cranky kids (and adults) and the annual Christmas card family photo shoot. It went surprisingly well for a gathering of 12 people, including three under age 4 (will post closer to the holiday).Read More
The poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver (below) reminds me of autumn 2014. Glorious sunny days, the excitement of the World Series, the accomplishments of runners in the Marine Corp Marathon, trick or treat for the children (and the kid in all of us).... juxtaposed with newspaper headlines about ISIL and heartbreaking stories of Ebola orphans and school shootings.
So much wonder, and despite the tragedy, the world calls to our imaginations. We each have a place in the family things.
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
The pitcher for the Mets had just thrown the final strikeout against the Nationals and, miming he was reeling in a fish, nonverbally boasted to the crowd that he "got one." It was poor sportsmanship, and his action did not accurately reflect what was going between the teams. The Nats won 13 of the 16 games against the Mets this season. In context, one win in is hardly landing the big fish.Read More
Your comments (on line and in person) encouraged me when I doubted I had much to say or could keep up a blog for a a year. My thanks to you is a reciprocal validation: "You are doing a lot of things right!"
Today is a good day to send you this message because, while the last blog post, Essentialism: What Deeply Inspires You? resonated with many of you, it could have led you to beat up on yourself.Read More