A conversation with nature

The majesty of nature is everywhere this October. Get out in it. Give thanks for simple things. Green leaves let go transformed into yellow or red rustic wings of wisdom. Tread on them. Sweep them up. Let them go. Let them glow. Let them spark imagination, and a sense of wonder. Psalm 16 (5-6) coincidesContinue reading “A conversation with nature”

‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park

Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original flag was owned by sea captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea and then brought it to Nashville, Tennessee (sea) which is the sister city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city with a massive ship buildingContinue reading “‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park”

Cathedral thinking in a California redwood

Walking through a redwood forest along the coast of northern California or Oregon is an unforgettable experience. A great grace finds me. The same reverential awe stirs within whenever I step into a great medieval Cathedral in England or northern France. Spiritual values and history lessons are obtainable from both environments. Before I took theContinue reading “Cathedral thinking in a California redwood”

Survival skills in Ireland’s violent frontier

Growing up in Northern Ireland, in the midst of so much natural beauty, I took great solace in nature and the outdoors. My playful and adventurous feet covered much ground. I wandered up and over rolling hills, and through endless green fields. Woods, apple orchards, streams, lakes and rivers captured my youthful imagination. When myContinue reading “Survival skills in Ireland’s violent frontier”