Tag: birds

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”

the voices

This morning, I’ve had the gift of some alone time on the back porch as the world wakes up into Saturday. It did not take long for the birds to find the fresh food at the feeder and begin the lovely dance of taking… Continue Reading “the voices”

lessons learned: holy hummingbirds

Often, I share with people this bit of advice from the spiritual direction world–it if happens at least 3 times, then it’s probably the Holy Spirit trying to tell you something. Most of us look to big signs or burning bushes to relay those… Continue Reading “lessons learned: holy hummingbirds”

morning song

oh, Morning, you couldn’t wait. Sometimes, you arrive as an unannounced visitor too early for me to greet you with a welcoming hug. But I join you anyway, with sleepy eyes and a cup of tea, my journal, a pen in hand, and shuffling… Continue Reading “morning song”

notes of joy

welcome to this day! feathered friends sing with delight notes of joy – rise!

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”

birdsong

This morning as I surrendered to God on my yoga mat, I heard the loveliest song coming from a bird several trees away from my window.  The call was crisp and clear, deliberate and delicate.  It became my mantra for several moments as I… Continue Reading “birdsong”

lessons learned: hummingbirds and hope

I wrote this post a couple of summers ago, and in looking for hope today, I came across this one. ~cameron In the past couple of weeks, I have found myself taking refuge on my screened-in porch during times of day when the birds… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hummingbirds and hope”

embrace

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Papa Bluebird who seems to have returned a couple of months early for another nesting season.  Rather than continuing on with my dirt digging or sermon writing, I just sat on the front steps… Continue Reading “embrace”

the wrens

morning, wrens chirping inviting in the new year with songs of welcome

lessons learned: holding pattern

As I was walking the dogs yesterday, I heard the familiar cry of our neighborhood hawk.  Looking up, I noticed that it was circling rather low, and instinctively, I knew that it was seeking prey. I watched as it hovered and circled, hovered and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: holding pattern”

birdsong

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314) BY EMILY DICKINSON “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the… Continue Reading “birdsong”

lessons learned: hummingbirds and hope

In the past couple of weeks, I have found myself taking refuge on my screened-in porch during times of day when the birds feed.  Whenever I begin to question humanity or grieve for this world, I find that sitting among nature roots me in… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hummingbirds and hope”

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Yesterday morning and again last night, I heard my first geese fly overhead announcing their journey to the southland.  While others may consider it squawking, I find their chatter comforting as it reminds me that my favorite season is on its way.  And so,… Continue Reading “Wild Geese by Mary Oliver”

bluebird

There’s a fat male bluebird sitting on the telephone wire outside my office. I wonder what he’s thinking as he observes the world dancing beneath him.

Wendell Berry’s The Peace of Wild Things

In honor of the UN’s International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015. The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life… Continue Reading “Wendell Berry’s The Peace of Wild Things”

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”

Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring and I finally heard him among the first leaves–– then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade with his red-brown feathers all trim and neat for the new year. First, I stood still and thought of nothing.… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

Earth, teach me: an Ute prayer

I use this prayer in many of my teachings.  It is one of my favorite, and in preparation for Earth Day this week, I thought I would post. Earth, Teach Me Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.… Continue Reading “Earth, teach me: an Ute prayer”

lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community

Yesterday, we had a brilliant snow here–I have been waiting and praying for it for some time.  On snow days, one of my favorite activities includes sitting by the kitchen back door or quietly out on the deck and watch the birds feed.  Continuing… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community”

some morning visitors

 

for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet

Since it’s taken this long to get our first real snow around here, I celebrated by opening a batch of our canned mulled apple cider and sipping on it as I made this special treat for the birds tomorrow.  I’m hoping I’ll catch a… Continue Reading “for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet”

Mary Oliver’s I Happened to Be Standing

I would encourage you to listen to poem as read by Mary Oliver herself at On Being with Krista Tippett. I don’t know where prayers go, or what they do. Do cats pray, while they sleep half-asleep in the sun? Does the opossum pray… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s I Happened to Be Standing”

the crow

This morning as the wind whisked powdered sugar snow around my office window, I spied a black crow roosting on the roof next door.  Rather than bragging at the top of its lungs, it seemed to be whimpering a low cry. I sat and… Continue Reading “the crow”

Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

This morning as I traveled into work, I passed by a pond where Canadian geese often stop for a layover or take up residency for the winter.  As I approached, I noticed that the flock appeared to be glistening in the rising sun.  I… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese”

lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong

This past week, I was blessed to attend a leadership program through my church conference.  I wasn’t sure what it would hold but I knew I was going into this time open, raw and trusting. Part of the beauty of this event was the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: God’s call as a birdsong”

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”

Wendell Berry’s What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet… Continue Reading “Wendell Berry’s What We Need Is Here”

Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches

It was spring and I finally heard him among the first leaves–– then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade with his red-brown feathers all trim and neat for the new year. First, I stood still and thought of nothing.… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

the empty nest

This morning at our contemplative service I shared my meditation about the chickadees inhabiting the blue bird box.  I arrived home today excited to check on their status, when something caught my eye. On the side of the house was a tuft of white… Continue Reading “the empty nest”

lessons learned: cedar waxwing and the grace of time

Yesterday as I was leaving work for my spiritual direction appointment, I noticed a sticky note on the front office door.  It suggested I proceed with caution so I slowly eased my way toward the outside only to spy a small bird standing in… Continue Reading “lessons learned: cedar waxwing and the grace of time”

and then there were six

chickadee nest

babying the berries–tips for springtime care

Two years ago, my out-of-control wineberry bushes began bullying my blueberry plants.  In an effort to call them off, I trimmed and tugged until the unruly characters ended up on their side of the garden patch.  A couple of months later, the birds and… Continue Reading “babying the berries–tips for springtime care”

10 ways to turn off the technology and turn on nature

With the advent of Spring, I thought this one might be appropriate to repost.  Happy Saturday~cameron So last night, our Just Be women’s group met at the community garden at church for a night of prayer, fellowship, and laughter.  We started this garden a… Continue Reading “10 ways to turn off the technology and turn on nature”

Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches

With warm sun dancing about the farm this morning, the birds lift up their voices to rejoice.  With eyes closed, I sit at my kitchen table and listen to their son.  Peace. Such Singing in the Wild Branches It was spring and I finally… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Such Singing in the Wild Branches”

encouragement

winter storms, upcycled Christmas trees–protecting birds in winter

Yesterday, my daughter packed away all of our ornaments, the creche and our Santa collection.  Our poor tree looked so pitiful standing there alone when I came upstairs.  I took great care of it, however, as I hauled it outside in the stand and… Continue Reading “winter storms, upcycled Christmas trees–protecting birds in winter”

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”