I Bought a Bell

I’m still thinking every day about the On Being Gathering and the conversations I had with 500 strangers in the California woods. Here’s something a mom said in a talking circle on spirituality and kids – “I wish I had more rituals. I am not religious, but I wish I had more spiritual rituals to share with my kids.” I wish that, too. I grew up in a southern Church of Christ, and the last place I practiced Christianity was an Episcopal church in West Texas. I adored it. In those last years, as a Christian, I wasn’t big on…

We have a hobo

There is a man storing his belongings behind our garage. When we first investigated the hobo pile (currently behind the dangling ‘No Trespassing’ sign put up by the previous owner), there were shoes, a vacuum cleaner, a sleeping bag, a blazer, a computer monitor, a book of family photos, and smaller miscellany in the brush. The pile was there when we looked at the house the first time in February. When we bought the house in May, the collection hadn’t moved, shoes still askew, vacuum laying down with handle pointed due south. We thought these things were abandoned, but we…

Gratitude

New Year’s Day should always fall on a three day weekend. Or maybe I should always take a three day weekend on New Year’s. Plenty of time to get over the hangover AND tick a bunch of things off the checklist. This weekend we did all the things. We hosted friends on New Year’s. We had a great brunch the next morning staring at each other through squinting eyes while passing the ibuprofen. We went to all my favorite places to run all my favorite errands –Kitchen Window for a new tea kettle, Magers and Quinn for the Lynsey Addario memoir,…

How To See Miracles

  Watch the way the light moves through a glass of ice water. From billions of miles away it came. It stirred up on the surface of the sun and jumped straight into space. According to Cornell University, the travel time was 8 minutes. The light leapt from that churning surface out into the universe. Other light slapped smack into Mercury or Venus, equally dazzling someone or no one. Some light landed on the clouds at sunset. Some light traveled that 8 minutes across the universe and landed softly on the tree outside your porch windows, sweeping along the edges…