February 12

At some point in the past 7 years, I turned to the vehicle of the 5-7-5 haiku for succinct, poetic expression, likely due to time spent with Grünewald Guild Founder Liz Caemmerer. I wonder if we’ll realize when we see my first one?


Just one thing remains…

attention to the edges,

a simple mandate.

(I do hope to work on the canvas edges today.)

From some source beyond

come things that catch us porous.

Love’s evolution.


As I was tip-toeing (tip-fingering?) through writings inspired by the pine cone, two came to my attention.

“Dear pine cone, let me hold you as you open.” —Mary Oliver … I wonder if Mary would mind that i edit this line from her poem “It Was Early” to read like this:

Dear pine cone, let me hold you as I open.

The second is from a childhood story told by Pablo Neruda. In it there is an exchange of gifts that profoundly shapes Neruda’s understanding of the creative process, of art and life.

He writes, “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.”

Friends and Friends of Friends, I hope you sense the love through my pine cone painting.


Gena Davis in “YogaMass: Embodying Christ Consciousness” writes about sacred rituals: “Humans need rituals. Ritual gives us a sense of place, a sense of belonging. Ritual sweeps us up into the moment and grounds us in the present. … Even a fist bump is a ritual, which denotes, ‘We’re in this together.’”

I never really thought about a rainbow being a fist bump from God… and I like that.


grateful that the Gospel came to life through the stories of Pastor Misael Fajardo Perez this morning at Faith Lutheran Church Leavenworth

“Can it be, God, that grace pierces as well as heals? Can your grace remind us who blithely go on while so many suffer, that even we are included in your embrace? Forgiven? And called to a new way?” ~Catherine Malotky


“It is God who calls to us to be a light to the world. It is not complicated really. We need to offer food to those who hunger.”

~Bishop James Dunlop, Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA

If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.

~Isaiah 58:10


How do we see? Notes from Pastor Emmanuel’s study yesterday at Living Word


beauty in brokenness

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