See More Sycamore

I was driving out my country road the other day, appreciating the beauty of the grand sycamores, my absolute favorites. They are among the most majestic of trees, easily distinguished by their bark, which flakes off in patches, leaving white, gray, and brown surfaces on the trunks. You’ll most often see them along stream banks,... Continue Reading →

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Lessons from a Twenty Minute Fire

I’ve just come from the hearth in my living room, where I thoroughly enjoyed a brief and beautiful fire. It would have been as lovely if I’d stayed only ten minutes, or I could also still be sitting there as the flames dwindle and coals gleam.  I don’t often sit by the fireside, because when... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Sometimes we have to unlearn something in order to have a more enjoyable experience. Waking up this morning, looking up through the skylight, I noticed (again) a small area where the painter hadn’t cleaned off a missed brushstroke. The thoughts began to arise (again)….not being careful, not paying attention, not caring…..and carried me along a... Continue Reading →

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