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17 July 2018

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, 63 more words



this view, lying w Aaf in London, passing time before the train

it hadn’t crossed my mind in >2 years

but BOOM, there it came. like I had read it yesterday… 141 more words


Beauty Balm

There are 2 significant things I have been learning this year – presence and expectancy. I have my continuing struggles and frustrating patterns, but I have come to expect God to meet me in the middle of them. 637 more words

Wild geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. 100 more words
Poems For The Journey

The Journey: a poem by Mary Oliver

Here is a poem that Spring Washam included in her 2017 book, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, And Wisdom in Any Moment. I love how it dovetails with William Stafford’s… 180 more words

Imagined Influences

Bird Nest

Recently, I found an empty bird nest tucked into the top of a rose bush. I thrilled to touch it, imagining some bird selecting and weaving each thread, instinctively constructing a home. 252 more words

I'm a recommender. I recommend things. It's what I do. 

Recommendations: New Orleans, Lily, Mary Oliver, Being Cryptic

I’m in New Orleans talking Lily’s ear off about this night cream that changed my life when I was traveling last summer (seriously – I woke up glowing every day, I cannot overhype this stuff – review coming down the line) when she says “you should start a blog”, which, I mean, obviously, but also that sounds like another Thing To Do in a life that includes many, many, many Things To Do. 221 more words

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