The Beginning of Wild Faith and Beautiful Places

Time is flying by and I almost didn't notice the date as it passed: August 29th. We're out here at the lake where the days are full with quiet work, bubble blowing, slow conversations, and watching the deer wander through the yard. The memory of last year is almost just whisper as we exhale in…

When You Think You Don’t Have Time for Rest

The dishes have been cleared and I'm scraping the last of the ice cream from my bowl when Tom Nearing starts talking about bats. There's a disease making its way towards the West Coast called White-Nose Syndrome, a fungus that disrupts a bat's sleep schedule so that they end up flying themselves to death. And Roundup, that weed-killer that's been around since 1974? It works by disrupting a weed's rest cycle so that it works itself to death. We all sit for a moment, stunned by the simple yet unmistakable truth: Rest is not a luxury but a necessity of life. Without it, you will die.

Lessons from the heart of California

Driving North up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles, you see a stunning version of California. Crashing waves to the right, mountains and green fields to the left. It's enough to make even the most jaded Angelino rethink their disdain for the state. It's beautiful, peaceful and everything you would want for a scenic drive.…

When Big Grace Comes Through Little Hands

Her little hand stroked my cheek as I sang, "Amazing Grace." I could barely choke out the words, tears brimming and spilling over. It had been a hard day of toddler wills and parenting fails. Of angry flair ups and Hurry-up-we-have-to-go and tantrums on the floor. A day of being forced to face my wretched…