The Cup of Hope

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in wholeness | No Comments
The Cup of Hope

The picture I took for last week’s post about the gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves reminded me of something I did about this time each fall in my nature and culture class at the university. I was always forthright with my students, spending a good part of our first class talking […]

What We Hold in Our Hands

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
What We Hold in Our Hands

Massive, devastating hurricanes and torrential downpours have led to the displacement of tens of millions in Asia and the southern U.S. Wildfires have torched large parts of the U.S. and Canadian West, as well as Greece, Brazil, Portugal, Algeria, Tunisia, Greenland, Siberia, and Russia, destroying homes, forcing large-scale evacuations, and making the air dangerous to […]

Like the Deer That Yearns

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in wholeness | 2 Comments
Like the Deer That Yearns

Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God. My soul is yearning for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God? –Psalm 42– I was standing between the deer and a creek. She wanted to enter the woods […]

The Letter

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in wholeness | 2 Comments
The Letter

Forty years ago today I wrote a letter that changed my life. Well, really, it was the one I received six days later that changed it, and in the forty years since then there has not been a day in which I haven’t remembered with gratitude the man who wrote it. I was a sophomore […]

Canyon Song

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in land, wholeness | No Comments
Canyon Song

During the 2016 centennial year of the National Park Service, the agency produced a series of short films celebrating not simply the beauty of the parks, but their growing value to people of all races and cultures. In some cases, the existence of a park also is vital in helping people to rediscover and preserve […]

Evening Prayer of the Woods

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in land, neighborhood, wholeness | No Comments
Evening Prayer of the Woods

If the year were compressed into a day, it would be evening, with its lengthening shadows and descending chill. The trees of Grant Park are girding themselves for winter; they have let go of most of their leaves, and the musky odor of decay rises up from the ground as the beeches and maples and […]

Elegy for the Arctic

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in land, wholeness | No Comments
Elegy for the Arctic

The Arctic sea ice summer melting season is over, and 2016 is in a statistical tie with 2007 for the second smallest ice extent ever recorded in the satellite record. The Arctic finished the melting season with a loss of more than a million square miles of sea ice compared to the average from 1979-2000. That’s […]

The Calling

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in wholeness | No Comments
The Calling

I ran into God on a gravel road, or should I say God ran into me, as I was standing still at that moment. It was late in the summer, balmy and dry, and out from the green canopy of the woods there came a calling. The aspen started it, murmuring of other woods, cellulose […]

Forgiveness and the Path to Healing

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in wholeness | No Comments
Forgiveness and the Path to Healing

Momentos is one of my favorite short films. No words are spoken, and yet it says so much. It may well say different things to you than it does to me, but here’s what I take away from it: You are more than what you think. You are more than a label–homeless person, alcoholic, victim, dumb, […]

The Trinity Flower

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in neighborhood, wholeness | 4 Comments
The Trinity Flower

Soon after the time of the trout lily, the beech-maple woods of the Seven Bridges Trail are decorated with the bright white flower of the trillium. This year the trillium were just starting to bloom when I wrote about the trout lilies, and they reached their peak a few days ago. A common name for […]