Centerpieces (a poem)

This December presented the opportunity to fulfill a life-long secret dream of being a florist as I worked at a dear friend’s flower farm for a few days.  The first day was spent cutting Eucalyptus branches and “greening” a series of lovely...

Emptied and Humbled

You hollow us out, God, so that we may carry you, and you endlessly fill us only to be emptied again. Make smooth our inward spaces and sturdy, that we may hold you with less resistance and bear you  with deeper grace.   – Jan Richardson  ...

Impossible (Advent Week 4)

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1897 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said,...

Rudolph’s Bargain Patch (A Christmas Story)

  It sat alone, across the muddy tractor tracks, next to the stinking porta-potties in a wide and muddy pit.   Enjoying the wagon ride out to the fields, the hacksaw in hand and children all around, my husband and I hardly noticed the wide plastic sign,...
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