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


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


by Tania Carriere

November 01, 2020

I feel I’ve done something wrong.

My normal response to most questions - celebrating the holidays?... ...shall we go for a walk tomorrow? the business hanging in there?... is a quick scan and a definitive answer. 

These days, however, I am heard uttering uncertainty. 

I don’t know” is a definite blip in the system. 

The reverberations fill me with… READ MORE