Lesson from a dragonfly

The alto wind chime strikes its five melancholic tones into the darkness of early morning, as the aspen leaves percussively rustle in the background. A lone dog barks into the darkness as the symphony of morning breaks into song. The darkness begins a quick fade as the trees, rocks and autumn leaves littering the grass…

Grace, Beauty and the Trash Truck

The roar of the trash truck echoes through the streets of this crisp, cool, fall morning. I realized that my trash can is not on the curb. I bolt from my kitchen, to the curb in my stocking feet with my trash can in tow.  Disappointed to find that the trash truck has already moved…

New Car Dilemma

My car is 20 years old and the odometer reads 213,000 on it. It leaks, squeaks, and moans. The mechanic says it will be 2,000 dollars to fix it and the mechanic is my son so all labor is free.  The strangest part of my car is the security system. It randomly locks me inside…

Listening

The dark red orange stripped sky burns quickly into a cloudy white yellow and so the morning begins, with the bark of a dog and the silence of a sleepy world not yet fully awake to the brilliance of what today will bring. It is in this pre-dawn hour, the magic of inspiration waits to…

The reason I jump by Naoki Higashida

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Although this is one of my favorite quotes and perhaps I am somewhat inclined to consider another person’s point of view, it…

My Daughter’s Wedding Day

My daughter’s wedding was last Thursday. The hype, the planning, the details engulfed my life and now it is gone. The out of town guests are home, the flowers are fading, and the cake is crumbling. It did indeed turn out to be the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to. Perhaps it was…