Encouragement

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Everyone with a sign had gone through the same process. She’d given thought to what she (or he) wanted to tell the world. Had considered and rejected messages, chosen one that fit. … And now, having created a message, she was putting it out there. Reaching it skyward through long hours of standing, arms raised, shoulders burning.

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To tweet, or to write?

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 | 0 comments

To tweet, or to write?

Because the hit of adrenaline you get from having your words liked and retweeted by complete strangers is addictive. It’s tempting to spend way too much time crafting those 140 characters of wit. You can find yourself approaching each new thought with the question: “How can I tweet this?”

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The snowman and the children’s writer

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 | 2 comments

The snowman and the children’s writer

I saw a snowman this morning. There’s been a melt here and little snow is left except in places where it was gathered and packed, like the mountains left by plows, now puny mounds. And this solitary snowman

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What I didn’t post on Facebook

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 | 8 comments

What I didn’t post on Facebook

The most important things that happened in my life this summer never ended up on Facebook.

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Earth Day 2014: My two-step plan

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Earth Day 2014: My two-step plan

Every day I hear about something new I can do to save the planet. Last week I learned I should stop eating meat…and cheese. So far, I have done neither, although I know without a doubt that more bad than good comes from our American way of food production.
Radical erosion of the cliffs that once towered over my favorite beach has been linked to climate change
Radical erosion of the cliffs that once towered over my favorite beach has been linked to climate change
And I KNOW the planet needs saving. If you aren’t sure about this, read what the scientists have to say.

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A patch of sky

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 | 1 comment

A patch of sky

I was sitting beneath my favorite pine tree this morning listening to the early-hours bird concert and trying to get over feeling exhausted and depleted when I happened to look up. Straight up. I noticed something I hadn’t seen before. The lowermost branch of the tree, which was directly above my chair, projects straight from the trunk and then, about four or five feet out, takes an abrupt dip and a 90-degree turn to the south. Then it turns up, making a “Z”. It’s a strange, bulging, gnarly bend. It’s ungainly, although to me it makes the tree, already beautiful, even more interesting to look at. I’ve gazed at and appreciated that twisty branch hundreds of times, without ever understanding it. But this morning, by chance, I found myself looking at it from exactly the right angle. I saw that the branch is bare from the trunk to the bend and then right after the bend it explodes in a spray of branchlets and needles. And that spray of needles nestles into and fills a hole in the canopy formed by the branches above it. That branch, I saw, had dipped and twisted its way into its own little patch of sky. It found its own portion of nourishing sunlight. It needed to gnarl up and bend in order to reach to the light. I decided not to go back to bed. The daylight was creeping towards me across the lawn. I sat and waited.    ...

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