Hope Writer challenge, day 4/5. A spark happens when a small fiery particle is thrown off from a fire, or when two hard surfaces such as stone or metal are struck together. These sparks can ignite greater fires, even mighty ones.  Have you ever sat down late in the evening to a friend’s bonfire, or … More Spark


Day three of the Hope Writer’s Challenge. Renew. What does renew mean? Renew. Re-new: make new again, revitalize, refresh. In some cases, rebuild. Trying to do it all over again, but with a new spirit. There are many takes on the definition: seven total in Merriam Webster’s big ol’ book. The other day we thought … More Renew


Below is the fruit of Hope Writer’s Challenge, 01/18: Rest. “Rest is not idleness; indeed, restlessness is the torment of idle people. It is not relaxation. Relaxation should never be necessary, because the nervous tension which makes it so should never be present. “Rest…is a culmination, a fulness of gathered peace, like the fullness and … More Rest


This is a response to the Hope Writers Challenge. Hope you like what you read! “Ahhhhhh!” Says the mind as the body relaxes in the small wooden chair. It’s pulled up to a cute little round table, reclining on the cobblestones of a small piazza of Trevi, an ancient town in Umbria, just outside of … More Slow

Once Upon a Sickness

This Christmastide all festivities took on a quiet celebration when several of us in our household came down with sickness. The large family doings were postponed and we were allowed to stay all snuggled in our beds. In this post I’ll share the things I worked on while I was sick: A little story that … More Once Upon a Sickness

In the Darkness

The depths of Autumn are leading us to the beginning of winter. Leaves are falling, the days are shorter, and our spirits tend to go as dark as the nights are long. And the mood can change as quickly as the equinoctial weather. But in the darkness of all this change, while all seems to … More In the Darkness

The Short Man’s Tree

It’s autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere. The trees are beginning to turn into flaming pyres, whose ruddy leaves flutter all over the ground. One such tree who litters our nice clean lawns with great crunchy leaves and little funny balls is the Sycamore tree. If you’re familiar with the Bible, you may have heard … More The Short Man’s Tree