Manger Scene

Manger Scene My sister and I called the nativity the “manger scene”. We would get the set out of the attic for the first Sunday in Advent. The scene had the holy family, of course, and an assortment of angels, but also a cow, donkey, two sheep, and a shepherd. My grandmother’s set was so… Read more »

Why I believe in Santa Claus

    Why I believe in Santa Clause I have been thinking about Santa Claus, that jolly old Christmas saint of giving. To me he is as sparkly as Christmas lights, one of the few mysteries we participate in collectively. As a young child I remember being taken to the “real” Santa who arrived in… Read more »

On Being Prepared

A playful picture from my ground of being… many years ago!       Some years ago a close friend told me that in a discussion about preparing children for the world, her then twenty-year-old daughter exclaimed, “ You already haven’t prepared us enough!” It is the indictment that many of us parents fear. We… Read more »

Check out NWEI Website!

Check out NWEI Website! Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) posted one of my blogs as a guest blog last week. Check it out, along with several other interesting guest blogs!  On Love and Activism From their website:

What is it about an island? ―and Reflections on Clare Cooper Marcus’ Iona Dreaming

Aran na Naomh       The first contact I had with the wild islands off the coast of the British Isles was the Blasket Islands, and that was from a mile away. Although we attempted several crossings to the Great Blasket, rough seas always prevented the passage, a condition that often isolated the islanders,… Read more »

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons I wrote this several years ago, before the passing of both of my parents, a son’s wedding, and the birth of my first grandchild. Although I have yet to find the new teacher, I still love to practice. Music with Mrs. Russell’s Notes I was six when I had my first piano lesson…. Read more »