In the Philippines, They’re Looking for Us

Please.  We Can Be Hope. We Can Be Help.  Maybe you’ve heard the story that Fred Rogers offered as advice for helping young children cope with frightening  circumstances: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always […]


A Strawberry’s Grace

A Goblet of Summer’s Grace A Summer’s LessonIn my youth, strawberries rewarded effort. We washed them, we sliced them, we sprinkled them with a bit of sugar, then we enjoyed them, lifted up to lips parched with the waiting for that first sweet taste. Sometimes we spooned them over ice cream, or slid a ladle’s […]


Enough Already!

Barely. Barely is Enough. Brownies, Cocoa, and Sufficiency Lost in the brownie-baking ritual, I greased a pair of well-loved pans, fitted a paddle to my red Kitchenaid stand mixer, measured sugar into its bowl. As the butter and sugar whirled and spun to spectral creaminess, I reached for the cocoa box. Its near-weightlessness stunned me. […]


Oaks, Grace, Sufficiency, and Abundance

J.D. Retrieving Beneath the Oaks: Abundant, Growing, Small. May, 2011 More Than we can Use Our neighborhood is adorned with magnificent oak trees. Quercus agrifolia, the Coast Live Oak, grows in our yard, our neighborhood, the state and national parklands nearby. They form an arcade over the country road that leads through Live Oak Canyon […]


>Oaks, Grace, Sufficiency, and Abundance

> J.D. Retrieving Beneath the Oaks: Abundant, Growing, Small. May, 2011 More Than we can Use Our neighborhood is adorned with magnificent oak trees. Quercus agrifolia, the Coast Live Oak, grows in our yard, our neighborhood, the state and national parklands nearby. They form an arcade over the country road that leads through Live Oak […]