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by Eric Alan

January 11, 2021

My mother and I agreed on our favorite tree. From the porches of our adjacent dwellings, the magnificent ancient fir towered above us. It was certainly older than me, perhaps even her. For almost a century, its limbs grew graceful and majestic. I was inspired by its resolute strength in standing still yet constantly growing. We watched it dance in every wind, concerned sometimes that it might fall in a gale. After all, its… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

December 12, 2020

I’m fascinated by snippets of strangers’ conversations. On sidewalks and in stores, I listen by chance to the sounds of people’s lives. Since I lack context, most meaning I draw from their words is only imagined. Listening brings me more amusement than understanding.

 

Today I’m standing in a grocery store line, noticing how the social-distancing markers on the floor resemble actors’ stage marks. I think to… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

November 14, 2020

Trails have living soul, as much as any human or other wild creature. Paths develop spirit over time as travelers walk them. So it’s my prayer as well as my pause, to seek insight via trails new to me. It’s become my Sunday practice to take a day of rest through outdoor exploration. It’s a practice of faith as much as any spiritual service.

 

On the Sunday morning that’s the first of November, the turning… READ MORE

 
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