I have always loved the gaps, the spaces between things, as much as the things. 

Naomi Shihab Nye, poet

Lichen Enthusiast

Every time I read Sy Montgomery’s words, whether in her books or on her social media accounts, I fall in love with some new piece of nature. This time it is: lichen. Recently, I read that she referred to an expert and professor as a “lichen enthusiast.” The title tickles me. Immediately I, too, want…

Rethinking Fall

“In my own experience of autumn, I am rarely aware that seeds are being planted. Instead, my mind is on the fact that the green growth of summer is browning and beginning to die.”Parker Palmer, “The Paradox of Fall” Like Parker Palmer, when I think of fall, I think of trees changing color and dropping…

I Wear Shoes in the House

I wear shoes every day. Even though the shoes do not go outside. My parents always wore shoes in the house. They owned their own business and worked from home most of my life. I used to think it was embarrassing. I always had to remove my shoes in the house when visiting friends. When…

Open Ended

To be honest, I have never paid much attention to meeting protocols. Generally, they have struck me as another one of those things we do to check a box on some arbitrary checklist “they” came up with (“they” are that mysterious force responsible for all bad decisions–I definitely imagine “them” sitting around a long, stark…

Input Stan

I had no idea I didn’t know what it meant to be a “stan.” I did not even know the word existed (apart from being the name of Dorothy Zbornak’s ex-husband on Golden Girls). It is rather refreshing to discover something I never knew I didn’t know. I got a double dose of new knowledge.…

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