A Meditation on Ashes and Love

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. This happens every so many years, the next time in 2024. This juxtaposition of ceremonial days seems to have oxymoronic overtones of contradiction like loving ashes or ash-filled love. Using a Tina Turner song, “What’s...

Prayer for the Things We Watch

A gardener, passionate about irises, once wrote that during their brief season of beauty, he wanted to do little but stay home and watch the irises bloom. I have a similar passion for winter birds. I do everything I can to tempt them to the backyard, putting out a...