When You Want to Get To the Important Work

I'm scrubbing dishes and the toddler is screaming at me down the hall and I wonder how this makes any difference in a world that is burning up, where children are drowning trying to escape hell bearing down on them, families live on pennies a day and young women are caught in an endless cycle of exploitation. Me? I'm just home trying…

When You’re Not Quite Ready for the Change in Seasons

The wind comes racing through the trees, sending pine needles and leaves pelting down like hail on a tin roof. All around us the trees are a dazzling display of yellows, reds, oranges and the few green leaves refusing to surrender to the season. It's been 10 years since I had a real Fall, where the…

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.