Taking a Break

“What makes me laugh?” “What brings me joy?” I asked myself these questions this morning and realized that while I could easily answer the second question, it was more difficult with the first. Moreover, I could not remember that last time that I laughed — really laughed. So, dear readers, I am taking a break … More Taking a Break

In Every Age

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. (Psalm 90: 14) The response to the first reading in today’s liturgy is Psalm 90, a communal lament that contrasts God’s eternity with the brevity of human life. The psalm is appropriate today as a reminder that … More In Every Age

Jubilee for the Earth

Jubilee for the Earth is the theme of the 2020 Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation, celebrated by Christians of all traditions. The season begins September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint … More Jubilee for the Earth

Good News about the Environment

Every day the headlines feature ways in which the U. S. government is attacking the environment, whether it’s climate, fossil fuel extraction, endangered wildlife, or hungry people around the world. The news can be overwhelming and discouraging. However, this week I received a calendar from an environmental law group (www.earthjustice.org) in which each page features … More Good News about the Environment

Clouds

The clouds this week have been dramatic. They appear and change shape and color within minutes. Here a just a few examples of clouds seen from my lanai.  

Global Warming

Yesterday, I ventured out to reconnect with the non-human created world at one of my favorite nearby gardens. I was reminded viscerally of how hot it has been in Florida this summer. We usually get 90° temperatures for weeks but this year there are fewer afternoon rains to cool the evenings. It seems as though … More Global Warming

Balance in Life

My calendar page for August 2020: Pressure on Jesus was relentless, but he still stepped aside for rest and prayer. He was careful to carve out time for the things that provided balance in life. He was not willing to sacrifice a full life for the sake of a crowded calendar. (Eric Hollar, Senior Pastor, … More Balance in Life

Sugar Maples

I grew up in New England where each spring the maple trees dripped sap to be made into that clear, brown, sweet treat that we poured over ice cream and pancakes. At least once a year, Mom would take us to a maple sugar house to watch the process of making maple syrup and to … More Sugar Maples