A Better Goodbye

A Better Goodbye

In English when we tell someone, “goodbye,” it can mean much or almost nothing. If we are referring to something final with our goodbye, we have to use more words to communicate finality, or more words to wish great things for the other’s good as we depart. Or goodbye...
Trees

Trees

When my sons were little, we planted a slim stick of a poplar tree beside our driveway. We must have planted it during the exact sign of the moon in Farmer’s Almanac, or something like that. The poplar grew very fast, from no more than a stick 18 inches tall to four...
Honoring Mrs. J.M. Blair

Honoring Mrs. J.M. Blair

When I was ten years old, my family moved out to the country. That is where I met Mrs. J.M. Blair, who at the time was in her later sixties. She walked across the road where I was helping my father work on a post and rail fence. She brought him a glass of water in a...
Risking Loving

Risking Loving

If we let ourselves love well, allowing ourselves to be “all in,” we will undoubtedly have experiences that evoke pain in our lives. Our perseverance in this life is built upon the capacity and ability (capability) to continue to love in the midst of the pain that...