Shades of Green

Shades of Green

We see what we see.   I’ve heard it said, “Don’t believe anything you see and only half of what you hear.” A watered-down version of the hyperbolic proverb, “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Credited to one of the most influential...

Spirit Eyes

Spirit Eyes

It was a transition year.  You know, the first Christmas, when you get underpants in your stocking instead of twenty-five feet of emulsified corn syrup, rolled up with a fun fruity name?   Toys and trinkets no longer have the power to wake you at 4:00 in the...

Tidy Little Tannenbaum

Tidy Little Tannenbaum

The local hardware store, now that’s where you’ll find a deal on Christmas trees.  Sure! You’re flying blind on the whole first thing to look for is a straight trunk routine.  And maybe a gap or three in the belly of the tree, but hey…show of hands from those...

Even When

Even When

She stood at the edge of the jagged cement slab.  The edges were chewed and chipped and stacked in giant Jenga fashion, teetering on the brink of collapse.  Nine o’clock in the morning had never felt so overwhelming and exposed.   Her eyes, wide with knowing and blank...

Wait For It

Wait For It

Spicy cinnamon scents of the season nearly shame us into draping our being and abode in orange, brown, and moody maroon.  Nervous breezes tease the leaves taunting them to hold tight while they still have a chance.   What is it about October that keeps...

Low Light

Low Light

She looked…well, perhaps a little undone, in the opinion of most.  Her hair tousled and haphazardly hand-smoothed away from her thin face.  No theme or reasoning just a take-it-or-leave-it style. Loose-fitting, loud patterned pants struggled with the paired...

Priceless Presence

Priceless Presence

What’s that - do I have a favorite child?  Well sure! Depending on the day, deed or just because, I convince each one of my four children, in a cross-your-heart-don’t-tell-the others sort of way, that he or she is forever my...

A Beautiful UnCommon

A Beautiful UnCommon

Dissonance.  Incongruity. A controversy in what sounds right or makes sense.  Two ordinaries, totally normal by themselves, but when paired together, well, gets your attention.  A lack of acceptable harmony between notes. Peanut butter and pickles. A...

Keep Pedaling

Keep Pedaling

The labored breathing wrestled with the pounding of the runner’s feet against the poor man’s pavement.  (At least that’s what the county road worker called it when we questioned why they were masticating our paved road and layering it with tar and rock)  The...

The Grace Button

The Grace Button

The incessant tick, tick, tick of the timer wavered in between folly and just plain panic.  I mean, it’s challenging enough just to pinch-ahold of those little critters. Okay, not really critters, more like twenty-five, three-dimensional, plastic molded,...