Category Archives: Gratitude

The Defiant Pen

Three gifts for today. . .     274. geese on open water in late November         275. a son’s safe journey home             276. the soft weight of a thousand prayers pressing in through the stitches of a            … Continue reading

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Broken and Giving Thanks

 “Eucharisteo–thanksgiving– always precedes the miracle.” ~Ann Voskamp There are people who speak God’s truth to me in my language. Not just my native language, but my heart language. Ann Voskamp is one of those people for me. And, once again, … Continue reading

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Phlox of Patience

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”~Winnie the Pooh It’s the middle of August. The garden phlox are out in abundance. When they were still growing tall and before they flowered and unleashed their glory, a friend … Continue reading

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No Snow Birds

(This story was published in The Green Mountain Trading Post on August 23, 2017.) It’s misleading for people who only come up here one week a year–Fourth of July week. Everything’s pretty and blooming and green, temperate and comfortable. Gentle … Continue reading

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Vanilla Days

(This story was read at the Litchfield Writers Guild Coffeehouse, June 14, 2017.) My college roommate dated a guy who would only eat smooth ice cream. No walnuts, chips, or chunks. John’s reasoning was he didn’t want roadblocks intruding on … Continue reading

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