Hope

Hope

I thought about hope this weekend and how it can blindside you sometimes with its apparent fragility. An angry outburst, a scary diagnosis, an unexpected storm, some disappointing news, a million small things can chase hope away. But, hope is a stubborn beauty and more steadfast than we know. All it takes is faith (and [...]

The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin landed on our front porch last week and we are thrilled. Grown and carved by a young friend of mine and his talented grandpa, the pumpkin weighed a healthy 180 pounds in its prime. It lost 60 pounds in preparation for the holiday season (due to gastric surgery that relieved him of [...]

Fostering kindness in a system that is overwhelmed

Fostering kindness in a system that is overwhelmed

My husband and I have been foster parents for the past 20 months. That’s an awkward sentence and one we rarely utter due to confidentiality concerns and the fact that it generally inspires some sort of effusive and unearned compliment that makes us both uncomfortable. We have met plenty of amazing people -- genuine heroes [...]

Unlikely petunias

Unlikely petunias

I admire most the unlikely flowers, those dropped from an apathetic wind and pushing up tall and strong from unfriendly soil. I wonder, sometimes, how that feels, having been more of a potted plant myself. Is there time for a wild seed to ponder its place in the fickle universe or are its days filled [...]