Category Archives: Awe and Wonder

The Christmas Story

I first shared this story from Ben-Hur in December 2011, the first Christmas season of our website. Most people — certainly those younger than 60 — may only know “Ben-Hur” as a chariot race that appeared in the 1959 Academy … Continue reading

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Who Will Take Care of My Dog

I turned 69-years old last September and find myself asking more frequently, “What have I left to do in this throw-away society where relationships and friendships don’t count as much as they used to?”  I am ready to check out.  … Continue reading

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First Snowfall 2018

Sitting with books and coffee, there is something quite magical about watching the first significant snowfall of the season in River Falls…

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At Peace with My Credo

Though some may challenge the label as it applies to me, I am a spiritual man.  Unlike the North Star, my faith and spirituality have not been constant, rather, have evolved over seven decades.  This is my credo… My Credo … Continue reading

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September, a Poem

September is my favorite month of the year.  I invite you to listen to this poem, September by Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 – 1885), an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States … Continue reading

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September on the River

There is no better month than September, the month when green leaves give way to pale yellow, then blush in vibrant red and orange.  Black-eyed Susan’s wilt with little thought to their future resurrection.  The change has little to do with … Continue reading

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Loon Lake

Although I lived many years at the base of the Adirondack Mountains in Holland Patent, NY, I have never seen a loon.  I read Loon Lake when E.L. Doctorow published it in 1980.  We lived in Upstate New York at … Continue reading

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Making the World a Better Place

I know for certain that THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to make the world a better place to be is by greeting, smiling and waving at every creature – man, woman, child, animal, and plant – you encounter throughout the day.  … Continue reading

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Things Don’t Just Happen

Have you ever traveled to where snow is made,       seen the vault where hail is stockpiled, The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness      for times of trouble and battle and war? Can you … Continue reading

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Angels

In a recent “Listen Well” offering, author, playwright and essayist Margaret Dulaney referenced the Irish mystic, Lorna Byrne.  Unfamiliar with Lorna Byrne, I did some research which quickly grabbed my attention.  I purchased her first book Angels in My Hair … Continue reading

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