Category Archives: Essay

Feather Go Home

Go to medium.com to see more images for this post. We don’t know what goes on in their minds when they are with us, but only the smiles and memories they leave in our own hearts and memories when they are gone. We did not even know her name in 2014 when we first insisted that the white dog go back down the road to the new neighbor’s house where she belonged. Surely her family doesn’t want her wandering too far from home, we reasoned, what with their small boys who would miss the dog if she was gone for long. I … Continue Reading ››

Time and a World of Change ~ Part V

Rainforest to hamburgers: the cost of cheap quick US food This is part 5 of excerpts from a piece that may someday (or may not) be a chapter in a book, given adequate keystrokes in these out-of-warranty joints; enough minutes of absolute time but especially minutes with adequate clarity and passion, wisdom and focus; and a remaining pool of neurons who get along well enough with each other to produce actual words. From the end of Part IV I have jumped to the end of the draft for this final installment, taking pity on … Continue Reading ››

Finding Water: A Draft

So I may have mentioned (and perhaps one reader noticed) that I am accumulating draft pieces toward a third book if all goes well. (All never goes well, sometimes something does, OTOH, and I’ll take it.) The working title changes from time to time. Currently is stands as “One Place Understood: Field Notes from Earth.” The title comes from a Eudora Welty quote I have taken on as a writing mission statement. The southern writer tells us “One place understood helps us know all places better.” And so the hoped-for forty or so pieces of the would-be book offer some personal reflections on … Continue Reading ››

Good Will Toward Earth

I pulled out my trifold scrap paper scratch pad that is always with me. The Earth had just moved under my feet in the middle of a church service, and I had to take note. What had happened is that, once again, I felt the deep sadness of being doomed to failure to see "Peace on Earth, good will toward men" since the last year's advent service. And it came to me: We can't achieve peace on Earth or show true, meaningful and lasting good will toward men if we fail on such a massive and ongoing manner to show good will … Continue Reading ››

What Difference Does a Season Make?

I'm catching up with myself, from this time a few years back when I imagined keeping up all along through an entire year with a seasonal journal--part of my "Floyd County Almanac" that sits just exactly where it did when I abandoned it. I remember as I wrote this thinking how smug of me to look out my window at leaves almost all fallen from the trees and all insect night noises silenced while I simply went upstairs and brought down the long sleeves when winter approached. Not a one of the millions of other living things we share the northern hemisphere … Continue Reading ››