inspiration

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Out of The Mouths of Babes

My friend Fredda posted this wonderful story on Facebook and I had to share it in a wider audience. I believe that we all underestimate the value we bring to the world, just with our authentic presence. In this instance, little Norah recognized the value of someone who likely was thinking he’d never be worth much to anyone again. If […]

Giving Back

On the way to the supermarket last week I passed a neighbor’s “victory garden,” across from our gate, just off the main road. I’m regularly impressed by how substantial a parcel that fellow plants each year, because he works it, lives, and eats the harvest all on his own. At the end of one recent season, he invited me into his garage […]

Past the Peak

  It’s a beautiful late autumn day on our ridge. What image comes to mind reading those words? Blazing autumn color highlighted by warm Indian summer sunshine perhaps. Not so. While this has been one of the most dramatically colorful and extended fall seasons in Western North Carolina, today the leaves are more brown than bright and a deep mist fills […]

Wisdom from Earth, Sky and Man

I am a donor and subscriber to the Earth Sky News. In today’s issue I found the wise words below, from one of my beloved American philosophers, Walt Whitman. I am possibly as discerning as he seems to have been in my choice of those people I will and won’t allow into my sphere. I have wonderful friends, near and far, […]

Re-Creation

   Inspiration May 18 – 23, I participated in the Cullowhee Mountain Arts Retreat at Camp Henry, a 300-acre retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about a two hour drive from my home. The marketing materials I’d read in advance promised, “Surrounded by the majesty of unspoiled nature, you can have a week to refill your creative well.” They did […]