Horses, and Warblers, and Trees – Oh, My!

Horses, and Warblers, and Trees – Oh, My!

Wonder what those three have in common?  So did the intrepid group that found its way down the long gravel road past Shannondale to the Rolling Ridge Foundation lands last Sunday afternoon, March 19th.   We spent about an hour discussing the Forest Stewardship Plan...
Reviving the Lost Art of Listening

Reviving the Lost Art of Listening

March 2017 In this period of cacophonous town hall meetings and bombardment of the senses with advertising, social media, and rhetoric, we as a society seem to have lost the art and discipline of listening.  Even if we hear voices amid the noise, it is difficult to...
An Alliance of Love, Power & Justice

An Alliance of Love, Power & Justice

February 2017 In this troubled and troubling world we are continually forced to choose sides or else risk indifference or complicity by virtue of inaction.  But taking sides also perpetuates a society of winners and losers, of “us vs. them.”  How can one seek peace...
Lean in Toward the Light

Lean in Toward the Light

January 2017 As we welcome 2017, saying “Happy New Year” may feel a bit trite and hollow in this troubled world.  Yet in a recently published collection of songs, Carrie Newcomer reminds us to hold on to what sustains us: “The shadows of this world will say—There’s no...
Hope at the Edge of the Abyss

Hope at the Edge of the Abyss

Standing at the edge of an abyss is no way to contemplate the coming new year.   Yet that is how my heart feels, as though the earth has shaken beneath our feet and split asunder.  I am reminded of a conversation in a television show of my youth —a teenage...