Category: autumn

A Psalm of Harvest

psalm or prayer for thanksgiving celebrating autumn harvest

Recipes: Quick and Easy Chicken Broth

Recipe for quick and easy chicken broth using rotisserie chicken carcass and vegetables

Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

It is tradition for me to read this poem on the first morning I hear the geese migrating for both winter and summer. Even though I primarily work remotely now, this is the first morning that I’ve heard them pass over my home. I’ve… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese”

a psalm of harvest

God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that warmed them and for the gentle rain that nourished them. We offer gratitude… Continue Reading “a psalm of harvest”

86,400 seconds

blogger’s note: If you’ve been following me for awhile, you willl recognize this post. There are many iterations of it on this site as it is one of my favorites. The season of Thanksgiving is here, one of my favorites, and I’ve begun focusing… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

a psalm of thanksgiving

from my new book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation  Preorder here God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that… Continue Reading “a psalm of thanksgiving”

bathing in autumn light

The weather here in Western North Carolina has finally felt like autumn this weekend.  I’ve been spoiled by work trips to Illinois and Maine earlier this season and have been waiting somewhat impatiently for it to cool off here in my hometown.  (Whoever said… Continue Reading “bathing in autumn light”

Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn

In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees themselves, especially those with mossy, warm caves,… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn”

wild geese

It has become a tradition for me to read the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver on the first morning I hear the geese migrating south.  After listening to her interview with Krista Tippett (On Being), I can only hear the poet reading the… Continue Reading “wild geese”

handprint turkeys and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “handprint turkeys and gratitude”

let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going out… Continue Reading “let’s thanks-give”

lessons learned: maple leaves and transformation

Once in the morning and once in the afternoon, I walk the dogs down past the trees which affords me the opportunity to study the colors changing as the weather cools.  This year I’ve noticed that the reds are darker than usual–in some places,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: maple leaves and transformation”

wild geese

This morning amidst the rustling trees and chattering hens, I heard them.  I can’t say that even in the distance they were quiet.  They flew over my head announcing a sign of what’s to come:  a change of season. I prayed for the same.  … Continue Reading “wild geese”

growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples

Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, I came home delighted to begin cooking and baking in my new kitchen.  I had come across some beautiful Honey Crisp apples at the store and decided to create an apple tart for our family celebration. And by “create,” I… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples”

recipes: cooking with cranberries

It is my favorite holiday season–Thanksgiving!  I thought I’d start posting a few recipes over the next few weeks to celebrate the foods served during this time year.  As you know, however, we like to shake it up a bit so I encourage you… Continue Reading “recipes: cooking with cranberries”

two prayers of thanksgiving

The following prayers are from: http://www.faithandworship.com/Prayers_Autumn.htm#ixzz3G9IwNQKG   We bless you, God of Seed and Harvest And we bless each other That the beauty of this world And the love that created it Might be expressed though our lives And be a blessing to others… Continue Reading “two prayers of thanksgiving”

Walter Rauschenbusch’s A Prayer of Thanksgiving

For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of… Continue Reading “Walter Rauschenbusch’s A Prayer of Thanksgiving”

Iroquois prayer of thanks

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the… Continue Reading “Iroquois prayer of thanks”

lessons learned: handprint turkeys and simplicity

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: handprint turkeys and simplicity”

this season, let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going… Continue Reading “this season, let’s thanks-give”

remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs

Tonight, I have the joy of a few quiet minutes on the couch before heading to bed.  As I look around me, I see bowls, pots, and mason jars filled with bulbs bursting forth with green shoots.  Made me think I should repost this… Continue Reading “remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs”

lessons learned: on pumpkins and solitude

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~Henry David Thoreau There are many days when I think Thoreau had it right–go off into the woods, live in a simple place, and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on pumpkins and solitude”

a happier life~reflection on a saturday morn

It is a morning of expectation and delight as it is the first Saturday in quite some time that my daughter and I have not had a commitment beyond hanging out with each other.  I am realistic though–I know that as she finishes out… Continue Reading “a happier life~reflection on a saturday morn”

recipes: enjoying autum greens

In autumn, the sun sinks just low enough in the sky that she hides behind our trees most of the day.  The farm sadly surrenders to shade which means that fall veggies for us are limited primarily to greens.  No matter.  We love chard,… Continue Reading “recipes: enjoying autum greens”

Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn

Song for Autumn In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees themselves, especially those with… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Song for Autumn”

early morning turkeys and gratitude

Yesterday as I circled around the neighborhood to my daughter’s boyfriend’s home, I happened upon my first flock of autumn turkeys crossing the road.  In spite of a dreary rainy day, I captured a few photos then sat in the car and observed them… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and gratitude”

my morning prayer

Gentle Creator, You come to me each morning in colorful sunrise in fading moonset in dewy grass in falling leaves in new plantlife in aging seed pods in chilly air in whispering breeze And I stop and give thanks for finding you here And… Continue Reading “my morning prayer”

Rainer Maria Rilke’s Autumn

The leaves are falling, falling as if from far up, as if orchards were dying high in space. Each leaf falls as if it were motioning “no.” And tonight the heavy earth is falling away from all other stars in the loneliness. We’re all… Continue Reading “Rainer Maria Rilke’s Autumn”

lessons learned: autumn and the maples

Near my office, there are a few maple trees that border a parking lot.  I can see them all from my window and take delight in watching them transform as seasons change.  We’ve been in this building for 18 months so I’ve experienced two… Continue Reading “lessons learned: autumn and the maples”

recipe: growing grace farms apple chips

This year, the apple trees on our family property have been fruitful to say the least.  After a dud season last year, I am taking advantage of the bountiful harvest canning, drying, and freezing as much as I can for winter.  Last week, I… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farms apple chips”

growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce

You know Mother Nature, she is bountiful one season then rests the next.  Last year, we had not a one apple on any of the trees on our family property.  This year, however, we were able to gather three cloth grocery bags full in… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce”

lessons learned: putting the gardens to bed

Yesterday, my daughter and I updated our kitchen calendar with events for the next couple of months.  In the corner, I noted some projects I have planned for us to complete over Labor Day weekend–paint the bathrooms, steam clean the upstairs, and put the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: putting the gardens to bed”

Happy Arbor Day!

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lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love

As we enter the week of the fourth Advent candle, LOVE, I thought I’d go ahead and start posting or reposting some meditations on love to prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits.  I wrote this one almost 2 years ago, and it is still… Continue Reading “lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love”

the gifts of Thanksgiving

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart Autumn is my favorite season, not only for colorful leaves and cooler weather but also because she brings with her Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.  While most… Continue Reading “the gifts of Thanksgiving”

early morning turkeys and gratitude

This weekend, I’ll be working on my cards so I thought I’d repost in the spirit of the season.~Cameron Do you ever have one of those threads of thought where you begin with one item and end up 8 degrees of separation later at… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and gratitude”

an Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks… Continue Reading “an Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer”

recipes: gluten free sweet potatoes with topping

Yumm!  I just made this one up in the kitchen and couldn’t wait to share.  This recipe made a 9×13 pan full.  BTW–gluten free doesn’t always mean “healthy,” but it’s nice to indulge once in awhile! Growing Grace Farm’s Gluten Free Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes… Continue Reading “recipes: gluten free sweet potatoes with topping”

Walter Rauschenbusch’s A Prayer of Thanksgiving

For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of… Continue Reading “Walter Rauschenbusch’s A Prayer of Thanksgiving”

for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet

This morning, we are lazing on the couch for a bit before beginning out day.  It has been rainy, cloudy, and cool for two days now, and I can hear the leaves rustle outside the kitchen as the birds scratch around for more feed. … Continue Reading “for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet”