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 [...]

And when my time is up, have I done enough?

And when my time is up, have I done enough?

Our friend Joe once spent a small fortune to buy tickets to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's final performance in Hamilton on July 9, 2016. The success of his spur-of-the-moment plan, which included surprising his wife Patty, who was out of town, depended on a couple of fickle factors and one not so worrisome one (because he [...]

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 [...]