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What Makes the Birds Seem So Much Smarter than People?

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On Saturday, I filled the bird feeder, and before I had time to close the front door behind me, an enterprising chickadee had already landed for a late breakfast. Soon, the front yard needed air traffic control to regulate all the landings and take offs.

And those honking Canada geese that pass overhead after a quick layover on White Oak Pond…?

How do they know?

Birds just seem to know things and then do things–no quibbling over details or second guessing the game plan. Often a flock of black, noisy creatures will populate every limb of our front yard maples until, on some silent cue, they go airborne in perfect unison.

We bear witness to avian wisdom every year in migratory birds who eat what’s convenient, follow the mountains, keep one eye on the Atlantic Ocean, and just turn their wings into the wind.

Birds Know and Do…

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Is Desire a Reliable Guide on the Path of Life?

Living Our Days

Sunday Scripture

Deer hunting season has arrived here in Maine, and this mum of four sons has heard a lot more about the habits and methods of dispatching whitetail deer than I really want to know. However, truth be told, I’ve been sharing wooded trails with the deer, bearing witness to deer-ish desire, since we moved to this country hill.

Unfortunately, deer trails and our paved roads often intersect in disaster, for the deer see all this tree-covered land as their territory. A few years ago, at the very edge of “their territory,” we were kind enough to plant a rhododendron salad bar, and they were kind enough to help themselves to all the tender flower buds during the long winter of 2019.

When settlers first paddled up the St. George River and started chopping down trees and swatting mosquitoes, they were the first to meddle with the deer’s trampled…

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The Benefit of Keeping an Open Mind to the Possibility of Gratitude

Living Our Days

The distance around my elliptical driveway is one-tenth of a mile. I know this because I drove around it, watching the odometer—and then did it again just to be sure. Sometimes in the fall, I take a careful jog-trot around its leaf-strewn gravel, a compromise intended to jump-start a flagging metabolism without putting undue wear and tear on aging joints and narrowing spinal interstices. Five times around makes for a half-mile of elevated heart rate, deep breathing, and an uncluttered mind. 

Of course, the gift of those empty mental parentheses is that I get to decide what I’m thinking about while I’m avoiding loose stones in the path and thanking God for the fiery red Virginia creeper and the rusty orange of fading marigolds. Lately, I’ve been following the example of Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet who watched the nation of Israel disintegrate before his very eyes.

In Lamentations, Jeremiah…

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In This Darkest Season of the Year, Let’s Pay Attention to the Light

Living Our Days

Sunday Scripture

I’m about to break one of my own rules.
I never talk about Christmas before Thanksgiving.
Never!
But, I’ve created a guided journal to lead readers into a focused and uncluttered Advent celebration, and in order for you to get it, print it, or load it onto your device in plenty of time, I’m sharing it in November–one week before the first Sunday of Advent. It’s free for all newsletter subscribers, and I’m eager to share it with you!

In the darkest season of the year, let’s talk about LIGHT!

When the Apostle John picked up his pen and began his first letter to the church, light was one of the metaphors he returned to. As the only remaining living witness to Jesus’s life and ministry, his goal was to establish a solid base of truth concerning the Word of Life in a post-apostolic world in which…

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Happy Hanukkah and Advent

(University of Colorado graphic) November 28, 2021 is the first day of Hanukkah and the first day of Advent. Want to learn more? The Story of Hanukkah (Chanukah): (ISL Collective graphic) (Advent wreath, cstar55/Getty Images) The Story of Advent Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means arrival. In the Christian tradition, the four […]

Happy Hanukkah and Advent

THE ADVENT WREATH

The Advent wreath– a good Advent devotion– originated in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who gathered wreaths of evergreen and lit fires during the cold December darkness as a sign of hope for spring and new light. Christians kept these popular traditions. By the 16th century Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany used […]

THE ADVENT WREATH

Advent. Again.

I spent ten minutes looking for the cinnamon in the kitchen. The counters, the shelves. I even checked the refrigerator because finding lost items there seems to be a thing lately. I gave up and sat down to write, only to notice the cinnamon on the edge of the desk. At least I can start […]

Advent. Again.

Nail Art Advent

GUYS! I am so excited about this you have no idea! So last Sunday, I ordered an advent calendar from Madam Glam. The site said it would take 8-16 days to arrive since it was coming from the USA. But of course, every single day, multiple times a day, I was checking the tracking number. […]

Nail Art Advent

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 – back in stock

The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar is back for another year! The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar is the perfect way to treat yourself this Christmas. With 25 of the latest must-haves from the Harrods Beauty Halls, it’s your chance to discover new products and expand your collection before the festive season truly begins! Each day leading […]

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 – back in stock