Tag: community

it’s more than a quarter

It’s more than a word of affirmation. It’s more than a smile. It’s more than a handhold. It’s more than a greeting. It’s more than a quarter. I love shopping at Aldi. Where else can you get organic veggies and fruit that don’t break… Continue Reading “it’s more than a quarter”

the gift of words

You, like me, may have chanted this in your childhood: Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Sadly, as an adult, especially in the last handful of years, I have realized that this isn’t the case. Political rhetoric, hate speech, and bullying have all given way to people literally dying… Continue Reading “the gift of words”

table

Several years ago, I bought my first kitchen table.  My parents had given me another when I was in college which served its purpose lovingly for many years.  But something about starting a new family with my daughter and this little farm made me… Continue Reading “table”

lessons learned: even squirrels are welcome at the table

Living in the Southeast, I look forward to the excitement and anticipation the first snow day brings each season.  While people concern themselves with bread and milk, you can find me in the birdseed aisle stocking up on food for our backyard community. I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: even squirrels are welcome at the table”

the spirit of the season

Every year since this act of kindness occurred, I post it in my social media.   I don’t cut and paste the story because retelling it each year grounds me and reminds me who we are called to be, not just in December but all… Continue Reading “the spirit of the season”

lessons learned: tree houses, slide locks, and the need for control

When I was a around 8 or 9-years-old, my dad and I built a tree house in the forked trunk of a large pine in the back corner of our yard.  It was a simple tree house–several wood blocks used as ladder steps up… Continue Reading “lessons learned: tree houses, slide locks, and the need for control”

remembering this day

I’m sure many of us recall where we were when we first witnessed or heard the news about the World Trade Center or the Pentagon or Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.  I recall being on vacation with our family, my child’s father turning on the… Continue Reading “remembering this day”

Living “In Community” ~ A Sermon

I gave this message at our contemplative Sanctuary service last Sunday, September 6.  It is the 2nd in the 3-part series about the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.  I preached the first sermon on the Natural World (and creation care) a couple… Continue Reading “Living “In Community” ~ A Sermon”

lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship

The past couple of months, I have experienced the unconditional care and support of friends.  Sometimes, if you are lucky, you find people who take you as you are. I consider it “grace” when they experience it all, love on you, and accept you… Continue Reading “lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship”

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”

lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love

I wrote this one a few years ago and return to it often. ~Cameron Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 Every year, I pick a new vegetable or fruit and attempt to grow it from… Continue Reading “lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love”

lessons learned: ripples on a pond

This past week, I had the honor of accompanying our youth group on their Carolina Cross Connection mission trip.  It was a week that exceeded any expectations I had for their growth and mine.  I continue to be in awe of how God awakens… Continue Reading “lessons learned: ripples on a pond”

the value of keeping quiet

Sometimes, simple poetry becomes my prayer for the day.  Here is one of my favorites~ Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in… Continue Reading “the value of keeping quiet”

lessons learned: giving back to the community that raised me

Recently, I was asked why I returned to my hometown to live as an adult. I responded that I felt compelled to give back to the community that raised me.  Typically that answer satisfies people, and they smile politely and we move on in… Continue Reading “lessons learned: giving back to the community that raised me”

honoring the man who dared to stand

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s celebrated day today, I have selected some of my favorite quotes by him.   I consider him to be one of my heroes, and his words have mentored me through many a season in my life.… Continue Reading “honoring the man who dared to stand”

Gandhi’s resolutions

I will be truthful. I will suffer no injustice. I will be free from fear. I will not use force. I will be of good will to all men. ~Mahatma Gandhi

lessons learned: ladybugs and hope

As I sat down to write this morning, I realized that “hope” has become a consistent theme through my blog.  I’ve reflected on new flowers peeking out from bulbs buried in winter snow, tiny hostas surviving a late May freeze, and long lost plants… Continue Reading “lessons learned: ladybugs and hope”

lessons learned: generosity and locked doors

On Saturday, my daughter and I decided to take the day off of housecleaning and homework and set out to hike Craggy Pinnacle.  I’d not taken her on this trail since she was a baby, and as I noted the other day, it was… Continue Reading “lessons learned: generosity and locked doors”

lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship

I’m reposting this one today as I’ve recently been meditating on the impact friendship has had on my life lately.  ~Cameron Last night, a handful of us headed over to the community garden at our church. You see, our woman’s group decided to become… Continue Reading “lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship”

lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community

If your support the community, they will support you.   ~Jerry Greenfield, Co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Every morning around 7:30, the birds begin their early morning feeding.  Brightly colored gold finches and blue birds offset the black and white masks of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community”

one more sleep til Christmas

One More Sleep Til Christmas (words by Paul Williams, from The Muppet Christmas Carol) There magic in the air this evening Magic in the air The world is at her best, you know When people love and care The promise of excitement is one… Continue Reading “one more sleep til Christmas”

lessons learned: what ladybugs can teach us about hope

    As I sat down to write this morning, I realized that “hope” has become a consistent theme through my blog.  I’ve reflected on new flowers peeking out from bulbs buried in winter snow, tiny hostas surviving a late May freeze, and long… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what ladybugs can teach us about hope”

a garden meditation for Thanksgiving

Garden Meditation by Rev. Max Coots Let us give thanks for a bounty of people. For children who are our second planting, and though they  grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may  they forgive us our cultivation and fondly… Continue Reading “a garden meditation for Thanksgiving”

whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect. ~Chief Seattle One evening, I stepped out on the front porch… Continue Reading “whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves”

gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism

This morning, I picked up a book I’ve not read in awhile.  I was hoping for some inspiration for a meditation this morning, and when I’m limited in time, I return to books that touch my spirit This morning, I’d like to share a… Continue Reading “gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism”

the great Ocean

Lord, may we love all your creation, all the Earth and every grain of sand in it.  May we love every leaf, every ray of your light.  For we acknowledge to you that all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending, and… Continue Reading “the great Ocean”

my friend, Summer Saturday

While I am not one for the heat of summertime, I do love me a Summer Saturday.  She can be very welcoming, you know, with her visits to farmers’ market, weekend trips to the beach/mountains, and days out on the farm.  She beckons me… Continue Reading “my friend, Summer Saturday”

lessons learned: what ladybugs can teach us about hope

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank I realized last night that I’ve been giving a lot of press… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what ladybugs can teach us about hope”

from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

from the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;… Continue Reading “from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi”

lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship

Last night, a handful of us headed over to the community garden at our church. You see, our woman’s group decided to become the seed planters, literally and figuratively speaking, for a new ministry with and in the community where we live.  It is… Continue Reading “lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship”

farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans

Well, today was a magnificent day. I rarely choose such a word and flaunt it, but it truly was so. In the course of finding 2 hours of alone time, I wasted them not and headed to the farmers’ market–the big one, the one… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans”

farmers’ markets: tips for the trip

So you’ve found your local market, and you’re ready to head out–what’s next? Give yourself plenty of time!  There’s so much to see and explore.  The market is not like the grocery store–it’s not about getting in and out with the necessities.  Take the… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: tips for the trip”

prayer for rain

Give life to the grass by sending us rain. Give life to our earth by sending us rain. Give life to our crops by sending us rain. Give life to our children by sending us rain. ~Dinka Prayer, Sudan I almost didn’t recognize Morning… Continue Reading “prayer for rain”

farmers’ markets

Seeing as it is midsummer and most farmers’ markets are in full swing with fruits, veggies, and flowers, I thought I might do a series of posts on this wonderful local shopping experience.  I am always thrilled to see a new vegetable stand or… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets”

the gift of the seed planter

Nature herself does not distinguish between what seed it receives. It grows whatever seed is planted; this is the way life works. Be mindful of the seeds you plant today, as they will become the crop you harvest. ~Mary Morrissey Last night, I decided… Continue Reading “the gift of the seed planter”

lessons learned: of squirrels and tightropes

You’re taught at an early age, especially if you’re being raised by high-achieving perfectionist parents… you get on the tightrope and you hold your breath.  I was in my mid-thirties when I discovered that if you fall off the tightrope, it’s about a foot and… Continue Reading “lessons learned: of squirrels and tightropes”

early morning turkeys and thoughts on giving thanks

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 something totally different?  Well, this morning as I was traveling home from taking my daughter to school, I saw… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and thoughts on giving thanks”

prayer for a community garden: planting the seed

My Garden My thoughts are as a garden plot, that knows No rain but of your giving, and no rose Except your name.  I dedicate it yours, My garden, full of fruits in harvest time. ~Mutamid, king of Seville (1040-1095), Spain   I am… Continue Reading “prayer for a community garden: planting the seed”

giving thanks for the farmers

Give thanks for the farmers, and for everyone in the long chain from soil to mouth via sun and rain. Give thanks for the plenty in our lives. Let every mouthful remind us of the privilege of being alive and more-than-adequately fed, of being… Continue Reading “giving thanks for the farmers”

lessons learned: in surburban farming, anything can be

Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts. Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts. Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.       Anything can happen, child, Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein, “Listen to the Mustn’ts” Sometimes, I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: in surburban farming, anything can be”