Not Quite Yet

Winter’s stubborn touch, like the whipping tail of a dragon that catches the brave knight unaware as the dragon retreats from battle, is still with us here in Southern Michigan. We went from several days of mild, pleasant, sunny weather to a couple days of frigid 30s and windy, with...

Forest Bathing

The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku and use it as a nature therapy for spiritual restoration. Developed in 1980 for preventative care and healing, Japan now has 44 designated shinrin-yoku forests across the island nation. Research shows time spent in forest bathing can have positive neuro-psychological impacts on the nervous system,...

Spring’s Promise

It’s that time of year when we’re all antsy to get outside, change into t-shirts and shorts, and embrace our inner go-barefoot desires. Each seasonal shift has its abruptness, but winter-into-spring is special. Even for a winter lover like me, right now it’s an overstayed house guest whose every little...

Mornings

Drove the housemate to the airport at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, grateful it was less than 30 minutes away, unlike the 90-minute one-way airport runs from where I lived in Ohio. Up this early often jumpstarts a productive day, unless the inevitable napisodes later on interrupt the flow. Driving back home...

Winter’s Embrace

Why do I enjoy winter while others dread it? Is it the calming, slowing-down effect from a cold and limiting world? Is it the beauty at times of a cleansing white blanket, gently nestling the world’s concerns into quiet, temporary submission? Or is it an encouragement to reflect, renew, and...

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