Being mindful of what’s right in front of us can always be a challenge. Here are 10 new items from my end.
- One definition of high summer for me: going to the beach for a swim at low tide and then stopping at the commercial fish distributor on the way home to pick out three lobsters followed by a stop at a farm a bit down the road for a dozen ears of corn picked just that morning. We’re soon feasting in the Smoking Garden, no problem making a mess. You know, the one-pot cooking thing for starters.
- Someone’s cell phone goes off during worship, insisting “Please say a command.” On the page of the open Bible next to me is an answer, “That your joy be complete” (Jesus, in the gospel of John). Who’s to argue? Not a bad command, is it?
- Falling walnuts hit the roof of our kitchen and sound like falling limbs or falling wooden boxes. Just where are our squirrels?
- The joys of a sharp black fountain pen, excising a draft to lace.
- There’s a restless in the core of our Seed. Usually, we try running from it. In silent worship, we stop to face it.
- As a writer, I’m an orphan. And yes, so is the Lone Ranger, once unmasked at the mirror.
- How deeply productivity is built into my psyche!
- Inspired by Richard Brown Lethem’s painting “Wink/Blue Table,” I like the idea of a poem or story being its own table rather than representing something else. Even as its own Table of Contents. (Where he’s a monkey, I’m a squirrel – rather than the hawk I’d envisioned.)
- “Closure victimizes thought” – Donald Revell on John Ashbery.
- Step on a nail in the garden. What a sore sole the next day! In contrast to sore soul.