Monthly Archives: September 2014

the vineyard

Not long after dawn this morning we were in the vineyard, ready to harvest our first grapes. It promised to be a hot day, but the cool of the morning invigorated us. The Golubuk (an Eastern European tenturier grape—that’s a … Continue reading

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simple things

Sunday. It is good to have a day of rest and revel in the accomplishments of a busy week, a day to reflect on what has had meaning in the preceding days. Yet I want to live in the present … Continue reading

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our gifts

A friend has written a book about her experience as a teacher—“They Made Me Laugh.” She shares stories and challenges from her years of teaching, and I can tell from what she writes, she was the kind of teacher everyone … Continue reading

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WOW

What a day! We took time off from our work around the property and drove up to Artist’s Point overlooking Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. WOW! I wish there were a better word to use for such splendor, but in … Continue reading

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the fruit of peace

An unbearable sadness almost stops me in my tracks when I think of the extreme hatred that gave rise to the horrible events of nine-eleven. It will take tremendous love to overcome such tremendous hatred. But it is there for … Continue reading

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owl and a full moon

The moon was so bright when I stepped out to look at it last night; it illuminated the trees surrounding our yard. A huge shape in one of the trees leapt off a branch and flew towards the house—a magnificent … Continue reading

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Be the change

Sometimes I justify grumbling and complaining by disguising them as righteousness: “How awful! What is this world coming to?” It seems there should be a line somewhere and justice and fairness should rule. People should pay for their crimes—an eye … Continue reading

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