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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by Eric Alan

October 10, 2020

Another simple day where presence is precious. Mike and I can tomatoes, make applesauce, and stare with wonder at the deep, persistent beauty of the McKenzie River as it rushes by his cabin, while waiting for our next canning step. With quiet awe, we appreciate the grace of the river that never ceases. We appreciate the moment of friendship too; the taste of fresh warm Gravenstein applesauce, before it’s even cooled or… READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

September 12, 2020

Some days during this pandemic, it seems like the world has a giant “closed” sign hung upon it. Borders and doors have slammed shut, as travel has become unwise or impossible. Businesses are shuttered on main streets and side streets. Friends remain in their houses, protecting their health and that of their families. Our small-town community can’t gather in the ways that has made it strong. When my mother passed away in… READ MORE

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