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Chino House Moments: Spring 2019

News from the Chino House Here are a few things I’ve been loving this month: wisteria and tulips playing with sourdough starter imagining a world without prisons walking with friends on Arkansas trails and around the lake eating dinner in the backyard at a table and chairs that someone gave to us teaching yoga at …

Spring in Germany, Cherry Blossoms

Snapshots of Walks in Germany in Spring

  The last few weeks in Tübingen, Germany have been so gorgeous that I am not going to complain about the fact that for some strange reason, it has been snowing here for the last two days. I just hope the snow doesn’t freeze or destroy all the sweet blossoms that are popping out everywhere. …

Matisor, A Story about Spring, Romania, Tradition

A (Short) Story about Spring

A (Short) Story about Spring When she came through the door, she handed me a small wooden charm. It was a colorful shamrock shape, tied with red and white striped string. “We wear these in my country when we are waiting for spring to come.” “What a lovely tradition!” I said, as I took it …

Sandy, Boultinghouse, Farmland, Day On A Farm, Back To My Roots, purple hull peas

Back To Your Roots

Getting Back To Your Roots I can feel my blood pressure dropping as I drive out to my friend’s house in the country. I take the exit and head north on an old highway surrounded by fields of yellow wildflowers and cardboard signs for fresh picked strawberries. Sandy, along with her husband Michael, live in …

Easter Sunday

  Happy Easter! Today we will miss my sweet Grandmother so much. She always met us at the door at church to say HE IS RISEN! and then waited for our reply, HE IS RISEN INDEED! She (on the left) and my other grandmother wore silly Easter bonnets last year that they made at Woodland …

Fresh Peach Cake

  Fresh Peach Cake I’ve had my eye on this fresh peach cake for a while.  I really like my cake with fruit. And Ina Garten is the queen of cake with fruit.  Her lemon pound cake is my favorite.  Her flag cake is always a big hit at a party. So I knew when …

Magic Carpet

I’m not gonna lie. Simon’s favorite part of Spring Break was unlimited access to Mario Cart and Toy Story 3 on the Nintendo DS in the Ski Lodge. But, he was also pretty fond of the Magic Carpet at Copper Mountain. We spent 2 1/2 hours riding this baby one afternoon. Then we went back …

Spring Love

On Friday evening, Whitney took Taido and me to one of our favorite places along with many of our favorite delights to do a photo shoot that was so uniquely wonderful. We packed up some of our favorite books, a new notebook, a yummy picnic and a borrowed quilt. The whole evening was dreamy and …

family = home

Simon came home with fever yesterday so I had some time at home today. Today was a good day for cleaning out. I have been putting away winter and pulling out spring. I was happy to find a flowing spring skirt to put on since the spring sunshine is warming us up. Unearthing an old …

Easter Garden

If you’ve been with me for a while you know that once upon a time, I had a very bad day and I bought a pot for my front doorstep.  And if you know my house, if you grace us with your presence, you also know that apart from this pot and a flower bed …

Book Discussion Guide: Wisdom In The Waiting

Book Discussion Guide For Wisdom In The Waiting by Phyllis Tickle Tomorrow is our Boxed Lunch Book Club at church, and I have been working on quotes and questions for our time together.  I am looking forward to chatting over lunch about the spring stories in Phyllis Tickle’s Wisdom in the Waiting. Here’s the discussion guide. …

Breath of Joy

Breath of Joy: A Series of Yoga Poses I guess that I could go to yoga for the rest of my life and still, years from now, be learning new poses. I am always amazed that there is something new with each class. A position I haven’t heard of before. Or a new way to …

tulip shoots, ash wednesday, lent, spring

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday. I love this day. I love it in a  I really want to unearth every possible spiritual blessing from this significant day kind of way. Which means I love it, but I don’t necessarily rejoice in it. For me, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a season that will end with …

Seniors

last night we honored the graduating senior class at our wednesday night church service. we do this at church every may and i always look forward to it. the students lead the service with their own brand of worship, which is a taste of the world they inhabit…a world that despite being married to a …