Monday, August 17, 2015

Meaning and Significance

   God is at home; we are in the far country. 
~ Meister Eckhart
   We cannot make meaning here alone. We may seek to make sense of it all, alone. Or, give up all together seeking sense, but we cannot make meaning alone.

   Meaning and significance are made, acquired, only in collaboration with others and God. 

  If we seek others alone, we'll never find our inner anchor. If we seek God alone, we will find others.

*Inspired by Holy the Firm by  Annie Dillard

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


At my mother's house,
the doves fly freely.

Where am I?

Coos call forth memories,
of far off grandmothers.

I arrive.

She swoops low,
her breast pale and plump.

She is all heart,
beating rapidly.

I want to hold
her shivering heat,
and fly.

She is my mother.

Nursing at her pale grey breast,
I will not take for granted the gift of flight.
If I had a Dinner Genie

She'd pour me a glass of wine,
and tell me,
"it will be fine."

My dinner Genie,
fixes fondue
and maple bacon scones too.
Her vittles stick to my lips,
but not my hips.

Kids complain,
but one look from my dinner Genie,
and kids refrain.

My dinner Genie,
washes dishes in a whirl. 

Clean and dry, 
I'm so happy, I could cry.

Then my dinner Genie,

goes back to her bottle,
and I'm ready for bedtime routines,
full throttle.

My dinner Genie,

she doesn't exist.
Maybe that's why,
things are so amiss.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by 
the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. 
So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain
The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails.

- William A. Ward

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Words in the Wild

 At the coffee shop:

Brother: Look mom! "Unattended children will be given an espresso and free kitten."
Mom: What does unattended mean?
Brother: Children you are surprised are there. 

At the beach:

Brother to children on the sand: Hey, do you want to know some Ben Franklin sayings? 
Brother: Fish and visitors stink after three days, and that doesn't apply to hotels.
Sister piping in from the rocks: A sleeping fox catches no poultry.
Brother yelling back: Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Sister shoots back: Those who quarrel interpose and must often wipe a bloody nose.


We live on huckleberries, cookies and toothpaste.  
~ Brother age 7