Tag Archives: autumn

Time to stand and stare

There are many ways and reasons to fall. Leaves in this part of the world are preparing for their annual autumnal fall. Some already have fallen, and the maple in front of the house is nearly halfway from green to red. In another four weeks, maybe sooner, I expect it will be bare. The annual […]

Holding on to the dying

During the years immediately after I completed seminary, a question from Thomas Merton – actually, two questions – lodged permanently in my consciousness. “If you want to identify me,” he wrote, “ask me not where I live or how I comb my hair or what I like to eat, but ask me what I am […]

A lean abundance

Harvest is over for most of the agrarian folks in this part of the world, though here in Wayne County some apples remain to be gathered in. The color still showing in the landscape is muted, and a good rain or wind will soon turn the hills pensive gray. Some of my neighbors are talking […]

The spiders remain

Sheryl and I have made a pilgrimage to Chautauqua Institution almost every summer since we’ve been married, staying a week or two on the grounds to soak in the arts and thoughts and imagination of the place and its people. We talk of going elsewhere some summer, but when the time comes to make reservations […]