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Category: Growing In Faith

Memories and Dreams

November 30, 2022
There is something about the traditional holiday season (Thanksgiving to Christmas) that warms the heart.  Perhaps more than any other time of year the holiday season is a rich blend of old and new, of what was and what will

In Clouds

November 25, 2022
My wife and I recently drove out to Colorado to visit my son and his family who live about an hour or so north of Denver.  The trip provided several experiences of being in clouds even though in our car

From the Second Row

November 20, 2022
This past week was a blessing as my wife and I played out one of our most important roles – that being “in-person” grandparents.  What made it special was that we were in Colorado visiting our oldest son, Jacob, his

Beauty, Now

November 6, 2022
  The week and the weather came together to allow a rare opportunity – a November kayak paddle.  At least going back into our pictures in the eight years we’ve owned our kayaks the only other November paddle we had

Three-cornered Flag

October 29, 2022
The local world is transitioning once again.  About three weeks ago Autumn asked Summer for its last dance and the world became a painter’s palette of colors.  Cooling mornings warmed into days that became mellow, pungent and rich.  It always

Pilgrimage

October 21, 2022
At the time this essay is due to be posted I am on a religious pilgrimage that is retracing the footsteps of St Paul through Greece and Turkey.  This is the fourth international pilgrimage that I have participated in.  What

The Season of October

October 14, 2022
The Season of October October, perhaps more specifically, the first three weeks or so of October are a season unto themselves.  The weather is unique.  Early on some of the days can be quite warm.  But rather than feeling oppressive

Home Waters

October 6, 2022
  For the last five or six years I have finished the trout season in southwestern Wisconsin, in an area known as the driftless region.  The glaciers that scoured out the Great Lakes and most of the rest of what

Image and Likeness

September 28, 2022
It started, as it usually does, subtly.  The seed heads of the grasses lining the roads and in the fallow farm fields ripened and began to cast a tawny brown hue across the landscape.  The long green stems that had

In Eagle Flight

September 22, 2022
The honking of a skein of Goose on a late October day always raises a sense of urgency as they sing to Autumn melding into the coming of winter.  And honking on a morning in late March wells up hope