Marking Time

Marking Time

Most Minnesota mornings find one of us walking the dog. Zuzu takes the lead, ears bobbing and curlicue tail flipped over her back as she trots down the sidewalk of her choice—and yes, she does have an opinion.  One of my favorite routes takes us along a cornfield...
Of Broom Trees & Burning Coals

Of Broom Trees & Burning Coals

We recently planted a tree near our deck in hopes of having shade in twenty years. That’s called taking the long view. There aren’t many good alternatives to this long view—so the best we can do is enjoy watching our little tree grow and hope we live to enjoy its...
Truth and Lies

Truth and Lies

“I was a high school cheerleader.” This is my go-to statement that usually guarantees a win in the ice-breaker game, “Two Truths and a Lie.” After each person says three things about themselves—two that are true and one that’s not—everyone takes a turn guessing the...
Stones & Scars

Stones & Scars

The Israelites had some mountaintop experiences in the colorful years after the exodus from Egyptian slavery. The midnight hustle out of Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the first morning of manna were all occasions for celebration. Surely one of the most...