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SELAH
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SELAH

The wind and the trees are having a conversation. I am both eavesdropper and interpreter, doing my best to understand what is really meant in all this commotion. There’s a word in my favorite book that is repeated over and over again, “Selah.” Wedged between one phrase and then the other, it is believed to be...

CULTIVATE BEAUTY
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CULTIVATE BEAUTY

It was the fourth home that we completely gutted, set high upon a mountaintop with views as far as the eye could see. Thirteen acres, wild as our own dreams of building a one-of-a-kind sanctuary nestled into the giant boulders, perched one mile up the winding drive.  Nearly two years of constant obsession and our...

THE LONG VIEW
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THE LONG VIEW

Bernadette Has Seen Things [Bernadette a vu des choses] Claude Monet died the year Bernadette was born.  Although Bernadette never grew taller than 4’8”, like Monet, she has lived a very big life.  In her 94 years she has seen the bombing of her French village during WWII, lived through the Holocaust, mourned the death...

A LITTLE CONVERSATION ON DECLUTTERING
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A LITTLE CONVERSATION ON DECLUTTERING

I’m watching all of this spring cleaning going on and you know it makes me smile. Who doesn’t love to “get organized?”  But there is this part of me that thinks we are missing the point entirely [as we clean and take pictures and write and post and organize and post some more]. Our lives...

TEMPORARY
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TEMPORARY

There is no such thing as temporary. What we go through, today, changes us for a lifetime.  To make sense of “what is” we are fond of telling ourselves things will pass. And they do pass. But not without having their way with us first. It sounds daunting. But when we lean into the lesson,...