What is real? Honoring the profound, abiding beauty of the soul

What is real? Honoring the profound, abiding beauty of the soul

Some cultures choose November to celebrate the eternal and transitory nature of the human soul. With optimistic hospitality, they build small altars offering traditional gifts and familiar décor, believing the soul returns annually for a brief period to visit the humans it left behind. I like to think that's true. Who wouldn't want to spend a cool autumn evening [...]

L’Chaim! To old friends, new cows and life!

L’Chaim! To old friends, new cows and life!

Molly and I kicked off the Summer of Karen with a campfire, some toasty marshmallows, a couple of cute kids and a surprise visit from a brand new baby cow. Today, the cow is thriving, but our summer's namesake could use some prayers. Karen, our spunky college friend, spent a couple of precious years battling [...]

Our friend Trina gave us hope

The last ornament hiding on a lower branch of our Christmas tree had the biggest story to tell and made the melancholy task of its removal all the more so. Our friend Trina gave us our "hope" ornament and I spotted it stubbornly clinging to the tree well after I thought I had taken down [...]