Acorns are Our Wealth
September 13, 2017

“Nowadays for many peoples acorns are their wealth, even in peacetime. Furthermore, when corn is scarce, acorns are dried and ground into flour.” Pliny the Elder, Natural History There is something about the super-abundance of acorns. It makes you want to laugh out loud. It also gives reason to reflect on the […]

They’re Singing for You
May 10, 2017

“Nature does nothing in vain…” Aristotle It’s happening right outside our homes. The only question is: are we listening? The other day it was warm enough for me to sit outside for my morning quiet time. The symphony was simply amazing. Of course we cannot always stop and listen, since we often […]

The Fall of Leaves
November 16, 2016

“Whatever permanent, uneasy question is native to men comes forward most insistent and most loud at the fall of leaves. … It is no wonder, then, that at this peculiar time…the desires which if they do not prove at least demand–perhaps remember–our destiny, come strongest. They are proper to the time of […]

Wednesday Quotes
When I Was Down Beside the Sea
June 8, 2016

“My holes were empty like a cup. In every hole the sea came up. Till it could come no more.” Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses It is fitting that for vacation we especially seek places of natural beauty. In her more notable manifestations the natural world speaks to us […]

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The Wisdom of the Magi
January 6, 2016

What can we learn from the Magi, and from the stars above us? On the traditional culmination of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Epiphany, here is my meditation posted at Catholic Exchange: What Stars Can Teach Us.

Wednesday Quotes
One Faithful Bee
May 27, 2015

“Some have affirmed that bees possess a share Of the divine mind and drink ethereal draughts; For God, they say, pervades the whole of creation.”             Virgil, The Georgics I took this photo today of a particular bee that caught my attention. This time of year I love […]

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Silence of a Forest
May 6, 2015

“The treasures within the earth were long hidden, and trees and forests were thought of as her ultimate gift to mankind. … Even images of shining gold and ivory are worshipped less by us than forests and their silence.” Natural History, Pliny There is nothing like a forest. Especially in spring. Plant, […]

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Daddy, Where do Seeds Come From?
April 29, 2015

Perhaps as our teachers sometimes tell us, there is no such thing as a bad question. That doesn’t mean that some questions aren’t better than others. It was some years ago driving past a field of corn in the vigor of its early maturity. Who knows at what depth within the boy […]

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Our Lawn, Our Eden
April 8, 2015

Last spring I posted a piece on dandelions, after I had been struck by the preponderance of death-dealing chemicals in the ‘lawn and garden’ section at the local big box store. Moved today by the appearance of tractors spraying herbicide over large expanses of lawn on a beautiful spring day, I once again make a […]

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Living Pleasantly from the Land
March 18, 2015

“In the first place, thanks to those who work it, the land bears not only the means for people to live, but also bears the means for them to live pleasantly.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager This past week I planted my spring greens. There is something about placing seeds in the ground. […]