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Category: nature

Sleeping with squirrels ...

It's allergy season in Iowa and my husband is suffering. Sneezy, red, watery eyes, head stuffed. It's rough. So rough that we decided -- for everyone's sake -- he should sleep in our guest room for a bit. Usually this means I don't have to use the white noise machine placed perfectly on my bedside […]

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Camino magic ...

Two years ago I walked part of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain with a group of friends and a group of strangers who quickly became friends. It was not a trip, it was a transformation. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage with various routes across Europe, all leading to the Church of St. […]

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Dirt ...

Why is it that when I put my hands in the dirt I feel better? What is it about mud and worms and soil under my nails that grounds me? Why do I love weeding by hand - pulling out unruly dandelions and clover - to create what feels like a bit of order in […]

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Deep winter ...

... is the perfect time to rest. Time to read a novel that demands our full attention. Time to follow the lead of mother nature, to bury ourselves under the thickest of blankets, to hunker down, as my mom likes to say; a hibernation of sorts. Time to linger long around the dinner table, candles […]

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Saturday selects ...

A short thought or poem for the weekend, friends ... Happiness A bee settled on a rose petal. It sipped, and off it flew. All in all, happiness, too, is something little. Trilussa (aka Carlo Alberto Salustri 1871-1950)

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The peace of the forest ...

Chuck and I drove out to our new treehouse in the woods last night. We deliberately didn't listen to news on the drive. No music, either. Just casual catching up, the easy conversation of almost 40 years of the deepest kind of friendship. It was a beautiful summer evening in Iowa. Not too hot, mostly […]

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