Monday, October 12, 2015


The sky fell to the ground today.

I've never seem it so dense.

The fog,

The mist.

The clouds around my feet.

The trees were shadows and their tops were invisible.

But sneak peeks of red and yellow, green and orange poked through.

The lake a mirage and the roads obscured.

And it felt invasive.  Pervasive.

And then it was gone.


Sunday, September 20, 2015


Fall came a day early this year.

It's September 20th, 2015 and according to the calendar, the last day of summer.

But it arrived today, after a lengthy long hot summer, spreading it's cool crispness, and chilly breezes. The sky was filled with swiftly moving clouds and the daylight is rapidly decreasing.  And I wore sweaters appropriately for the season, and the dark fall clothes are now gracing my closet and dresser drawers.

It's been a long, hot summer.  Lingering long into September.  Just last week the temperatures were in the upper eighties, strange for the North Country here.

The green peppers are still going strong in the garden and pots.

This has been a year for green peppers, sunny, hot weather long into what we would normally call fall. I subjected all my NYC children to pans of stuffed peppers!

 Everything else, except for the beets, is done in the garden.  Well, we do have to dig the rest of the potatoes, but I'm waiting for my younger friends to come and enjoy that experience!  We pulled the tomato plants out a couple weeks ago, but now comes the task of getting the vines and dead plants out  and preparing the garden for it's winter rest.

It's been busy at the Inn and Lake this past spring and summer.  And I'm looking forward to buttoning down "camp" and gardens.  And concentrating on my Inn guests and planning the rehearsal dinner in Ohio.

Fall sometimes come with a bit of sadness.

The end of a season of growth and light.  Newness and beginnings.  Energy and expression.

A settling in.

A preparing for.

A time for color and change.  A time of soup and hearty food.

An almost quiet time.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Too Soon

My friend died today.

Too early in her life, too soon for her family, too unexpectedly for her friends.

Life is short at best, and even though we try to hold on to the greatest seasons of our lives, they slip away before we can blink twice.

I met her when we came.

Always the most glamorous of us all.

And the greatest chef.  She would have us "girls" over for a gourmet dinner almost once a year.

We were "camp" friends on the Flow.  She, even more than Rob, was nervous at how big our bonfires got!  "That bon enough, Ethan!"

And her impact at our high school in the English department was monumental.  She was a hard teacher but a great advocate for her students, developing  writing skills and love of books.

More than anyone else, Rob loved to talk with her about books that they had both read, concepts, ideas and plots and story lines.

As we met once a year, after they moved, for her husbands birthday, "back home in Canton" she would give me a list of books that I should read that year.  I still have the list from last June.  Hastily stored in "notes" on my iphone.

We meet each day with lists of things to do, projects and objectives making our days productive.  As a family, we know first hand, that we are not immune to accidents, illness and tragedies.  And yet once again we, with sadness, focus on how precious life is; thankful for the days He has given us and our times together.   How beautiful God's world is.   How meaningful our friendships are.

 And how important the our families are.   Holding us close, strengthening our ties, recounting  our special moments and memories.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Be Better than Our Culture

Can we be better than our culture?

Should we be better than our culture?

Is it arrogant to think about being better than our culture?

When I was thinking about this today it occurred to me that perhaps I grew up in a more traditional, settled society.  But wait!!

I grew up in the 60's when everything was challenged,
Everything was changing.  It was tumultuous.
Nothing was right about our society, according to some
Everything was rejected.  Rearranged
Don't trust anyone over 30, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, freedom
It was chaotic.

Be better than our culture.  I think we should.  I think we can.

It's the gospel

Jesus gave us the means...himself.

Be light and salt, we're told in scriptures.  Two completely different things.  Different applications and purposes.

In so many areas, the church, and specifically we Christians, have assimilated the values and ideas of our current culture.   Values and ideas that are the opposite of what Jesus taught us and modeled.

We live, everyday, dominated by self-esteem, self sufficiency, self-advancement, self awareness, materialism, devaluing of life (old and young), individual rights,

Self, self, self, self.......... could we really just get over "self"?

Philippians 2:3  "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."

I love Rick Warren's first sentence in Purpose Driven Life.  "It's not about you"

It applies to so many areas of our culture today.  Let's just try it??

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Bright sun streaming over the neighboring roof top
Down, in through my window.
Dancing shadows painted on the pages of my book
lain open on the kitchen table.
Pulling me,
pulling me
 Look out.
Out to the glistening water droplets clinging and
sparkling off the juniper branches.
The gentle breeze making the green feathers sway
with diamond crystals
in the movement of the hidden wind.
Patterns of life
 changing seasons.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

We're book people in this house.

There are books and shelves to house those books in every room in our house.

The old fashioned kind.  With ink and pages.  Bindings and covers.

I came upon this book in one or our small bedrooms, casting about one evening for the next book I would read.  I can't say that I had ever considered reading it, or had actually seen it before, and wasn't hopeful that it would be one of my more interesting "reads" of the year.

But it was and is.....

And almost unbelievable!

It is the true story of a Polish soldier and a small group of fellow prisoners who escape from a Russian labor camp in Siberia in 1941, and walk out to freedom through Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, the Himalayas and the Gobi Desert.

The journey takes a year and 4 of the original 7 make it to India and freedom.

I noticed some vocabulary words written on some of the blank back pages in Jon's handwriting.  When speaking with him later I asked him about the book.  Yes, he had read it.  No it wasn't in connection with his mission trip to Mongolia when he was in Vet school.  It was a book he had read for college at Wheaton.

Similar to Unbroken, it is a picture of incredible courage and strength of will to survive amid the  cruelest of environments with little or no resources.  It tells of the cruelty of people to others.   And the love and humanity and sharing of meager supplies of others.  The hospitality and generosity of the Mongolian and Tibetan people continue today, as experienced by Jon at every little enclave of settlers they encountered.

And the memoirs speak of the mercy of God, the resourcefulness and tenacity of  man, and the fullness of life after an unimaginable trial.