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Wonders

“Outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread.”        Wendell Berry    

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Strawberries in the Sand

Every year at the beach we search for strawberries in the sand. One of us will return from a long walk on the beach and announce, “I found six strawberries!”  The others of us will admire the find and tell the lucky finder how pretty the strawberries are. Each day more of us will search and…

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Green Thumb

My grandmother had a green thumb. I have bright memories of her, or maybe I remember someone else’s memories of her, in the yard with her long sleeves and sun hat, weeding her flower gardens, pruning her roses, or moving plants from one spot to another. She was an award winning rose gardener. According to…

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Perspective

I spotted this miniature scene on one of my downtown walks recently. I was surprised to find it where it was, but I was even more surprised I hadn’t noticed it before. The tiny door sits at the bottom of a very large tree standing on the narrow grassy area between the sidewalk and the…

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A Clear View

Though my daughter and I climbed the mountain for about two hours, our view didn’t compare to this guy’s atop the imposing flatiron. Blake and I were content to watch others as we rested and shared our snacks. Several teenagers climbed a rock below us to see the other side and get a different view.  …

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Full of Grace

This is grace. So is this. And this. It’s the beauty of a pale blue sky or a fiery orange sunrise. It’s your feet in the sand. And a love note. And a really good hug. It’s evident within the intricate design of nature. You see it in the eyes of children and hear it…

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Wonderfully Wild

When I was young I thought I knew exactly how I wanted my life to be. I dreamed and planned and prepared the best way I knew how. Not that all of it was for nothing. It wasn’t. Plans are good. We should know where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. But…

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Shine

The sun was still low in the sky when I went on my first run here this morning. I found a beautiful park with lots of running trails. We are in Colorado visiting my son and we’re beyond happy to be here. We hiked the Flatirons yesterday. My son was a great guide…..excited for us…

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Small Town

During the summer a friend and I took an overnight trip to Nashville. It was long overdue. We needed the time spent talking and laughing and moving slowly through wherever we were. We stopped in a few small towns on our way to Nashville. One of them was here in Elkmont, Alabama. My friend was…

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Quest

We all know what it’s like to look for something. Sometimes the thing we’re looking for is lost. We had it….but lost it……so we search for it. Like keys or a receipt or your wallet. Sometimes the thing we’re looking for isn’t a thing at all. It’s a feeling. Or answers. A memory or truth. I’ve…

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