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Messengers of Grace: A Hummingbird’s Song

The moment I stepped out the door, the familiar twittering in the tree caught my attention and I smiled. For a couple weeks now, when I emerge from the house to greet the morning, I am met by the song of a lone hummingbird. The miniature fellow, who comes throughout the day to the red

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A Winter Garden: Welcoming Grace

The hum of the twenty-year old refrigerator finally shuts off, the cottage goes blessedly silent, and I feel my body relax. In the quiet of a rainy morning, I hear only the irregular staccato cadence of water falling from eaves, boughs, and leaves, rain tapping on the kitchen skylight, and a murmur that one might

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Escaping the Sidewalk: How to find breath and inspiration

There is a saying among gypsies, “Stay where there are songs.” For most of my so-called adult life I’ve been something of a nomad, moving house every year or so; if not to an entirely different location then at least changing my actual domicile and address in the current area. Like the woven nests I

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In the Realm of Falcons: A New Year’s Hike

I knew the trail would be crowded on New Year’s Day but I went regardless. After a quiet morning at my studio, ensconced in the southerly window seat, watching a calm blue sea through the ornate framework of tangled cypresses, a cup of tea beside me and a book on my lap, I decided that

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Widening the View: Beauty and Inspiration

Standing quietly in the kitchen this morning, I appreciated the unusual silence of the neighborhood. There seems to be a respite in the construction work on the house below us, and the habitually barking dogs were oddly silent. Wonderful. A slight breeze danced through the open windows of the house, carrying the sublimely floral fragrance

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