Advent thoughts: Giving our Presence

During the season of Advent I get caught between two extremes:  a desire to cuddle up on my couch, surrounded by quilts and the entangled arms and legs of my children AND to miraculously deep clean my entire house, complete my resolutions from the beginning of the year, teach thoughtful/engaging/life changing lessons and create homemade [...]

Herbs and berries all around me

Oh August.... I am finding that the fullness of summer is even more enjoyable when the winters are so long- it seems as though this time of year Michigan explodes with ripe berries, fragrant herbs, golden flowers, and greenery. In past years, this was one of my most dreaded months. Blistering, parching, soul-sucking heat. Here, [...]