Place matters
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Place matters

The arbutus is now open everywhere in the woods and groves. How pleasant it is to meet the same flowers year after year ! If the blossoms were liable to change — if they were to become capricious and irregular — they might excite more surprise, more curiosity, but we should love them less; they…

“Keep” seems so little

I chose keep for 2023 largely because it was all over the Psalms, particularly my reading of Psalm 119. It’s over and over and over again. Keep your law, keep your testimonies, keep statutes, keep my way … 27! Twenty Seven times in Psalm 119 we are told to keep … something. But, even already,…

Word for the Year 2023

Do you have a Word for the Year for 2023? Have you started considering how you’re going to approach it, think about it, implement it? Have you ever done a Word for the Year before? Was it a helpful exercise? Why or why not? My word for 2023 is going to be “keep” … I…

Word for the Year 2020

Word for the Year 2020

For 2020 I wanted a verb that included the idea of “enthusiasm.” I toyed with using “enthuse,” but decided that it had too much … cynicism intrinsic in the very word itself. I want to be positive with enthusiasm; interested; participatory in a good way, interested with . As I thought more and more about…

2019 Word for the Year

2019 Word for the Year

I’m not in love with the word I’ve chosen for my 2019 Word for the Year, but I can’t seem to get away from it. That generally means it’s the right one. There were a lot of contenders: Commit. Pray. Engage. Speak. Interact. All perfectly good words in themselves and a lot to consider over…

2018 Word for the Year

2018 Word for the Year

I’ve been procrastinating on sharing my Word for the Year because it’s really not glamorous and has some connotations that readers might think it odd. But, I suppose you’re mostly used to me. The word I chose for last year – }pacify{ was a struggle in writing but not thinking nor in making attempts at…