On this Threshold Singing

On this Threshold Singing

As is our annual practice, some of us gathered at the Meditation Shelter in the night of December 31 for a time of quiet, bringing whatever was in our hearts.  Once again we walked through a moon-bathed forest to the Shelter, aglow in candlelight and warmed by the...
To Melt Unyielding Ice

To Melt Unyielding Ice

Photography by Linda DeGraf Every creature is a glistening, glittering mirror of divinity. ~ Hildegard of Bingen Recently I came across a few lines I’d written years ago in a journal:  “They say that trees and plants encased in ice incur more damage by attempts to...
Holy Days

Holy Days

The retreat we hold annually during Advent and the days leading up to the winter solstice is named for a gift, one among many, that of story. Planning it, I was drawn to the idea that while in the northern hemisphere the winter solstice marks the beginning of the...
At the Year’s End

At the Year’s End

(Photography by Linda & Scot DeGraf) “This is it. This is the most beautiful day of the year,” a visitor to Rolling Ridge mused today. And he’s not wrong. Everything is golden. The rain brought down enough leaves to see the ridge through the forest. The sky is a...
The Gifted Darkness

The Gifted Darkness

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. –Mary Oliver At dawn my small dining room window framed a patch of gauzy coral cloud pierced by a morning star. As I watched, light wafted from the...
Time Becomes Full of Life

Time Becomes Full of Life

It seems all too easy for modern life to become one continuous rush tainted with frustration and a feeling that there is never enough time to do anything with care and sensitivity.  So it is a very useful practice just to take one’s time.  The truth is that if we can...