Category Archives: Stories & Musings

SMALL THINGS, GREAT LOVE

This is the time of year I always start worrying about the animals. It’s utterly foolish, I know, but when the cold winds start to overtake the land, I start wishing that the deer could have carport shelters from the … Continue reading

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ROOTS

I come from a family of wanderers. As a first-generation American, all the stories of my family were stories from different lands and different cultures. All of my aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins came here in ships and then … Continue reading

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MY MOTHER

Of course, I told the bees. Told them that my mother had died. It is an old custom, for beekeepers to let the bees know of events that touch the family, and so I walked out to the bee yard … Continue reading

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A RETREAT!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done any presentations out in the world, and I’m doing one at this conference. It is another reason why I’m so busy lately, as I’m helping craft and coordinate the event. Whether you are … Continue reading

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ABUNDANT SUMMER

I cannot believe it is already mid-July. This summer, more than any in my recent memory has fulfilled that old adage, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” So many stories have been in the making these warm months, but the … Continue reading

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SITTING DUCKS

Lucy Lu, our Muscovy duck, has been in voluntary seclusion this past month and a half, patiently sitting on eggs. Duck eggs don’t take a month and a half to hatch, but it took me a couple weeks to decide … Continue reading

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ROSE BY EVERY OTHER NAME

Why am I surprised that they’ve done it yet again? Swarmed, that is. Walking up to the bee garden two days ago, I was headed toward the Sojourner hive to remove the backboard and give them a bit more room … Continue reading

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ON SWARMS AND SUMMERTIME DREAMS

The dandelions have arrived, hundreds of them gathering for their annual reunion in my upper yard. They are glorious this time of year, tossing about their manes of gold so bright they fairly shimmer in the spring sunshine. I am … Continue reading

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Spring Rites

It doesn’t look like much at all, really. Just a big jumble of bright green, floating like a platter on my bucket pond. But it is precious to me, the very heart of one of my first annual rites of … Continue reading

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HOPE AND FAITH

Here on the tail-end of winter, before spring is more than a promise, I wanted to post this particular lesson from the Winter Sojourn Web Retreat that I’m leading right now. About 17 of us are exploring the mysteries of … Continue reading

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