Little Woman

“I am angry nearly every day of my life.” Marmee tells Jo this in one of my most favorite moments from one of my most favorite books. I remember reading this when I was just shy of ten years old, sitting under a big tree in my backyard, still living in our quiet suburban neighborhood…

WTF is Up with Noah?

Growing up, I remember playing with toy arks. There was a Little People one at Sunday School. Friends had a lovely wooden one and I particularly enjoyed lining the animals up as they made their way into the ark. I had a book of illustrated Old Testament stories the I received one Easter from my…

In Which I Get a Little Religious

A Metaphor I am in a clearing, a clearing in the middle of a vast, thick, nearly impenetrable forest. Behind me there is little evidence of the path I have created to get to this place, just the smallest of openings, nearly hidden by undergrowth and the slender branches of trees. Cutting through the forest…

Birding

Last spring we developed a love for bird watching. It was early in the season, snow still on the ground and cold, cold, cold, as early spring in Maine tends to be. We hung a bird feeder, some suet, and a month or so later, at Easter time, a friendly bunny left us a clear…

Things I’m Learning

Despite the fact that we’re already through the first week of July, we’ve really only started our summer (and it’s going to be over far too soon).`However, in our few weeks of freedom I’ve learned (or relearned things I’d forgotten from last summer) a few things that have made this time so full to the…