Counteracting the Big Me with Two Frogs and a Toad

Humility is a beautiful, elusive quality, a virtue that’s fallen completely out of fashion. Google its definition and you can ponder a graph showing the word’s diminishing use in our language from 1885 to today. A century ago, we talked a good deal about humility. Today, not so much. Because I read to young children … More Counteracting the Big Me with Two Frogs and a Toad

The Lab Girl and the Contemplative: A Campsite Convergence

Camping and reading intertwine beautifully as pleasures. Many a backpack trip’s rocks and ridges meet in my memory with the book I chose to carry. In my twenties, Middle Earth and Narnia leapt alive on hikes with my husband in the mountains west of Denver. Immersed in Tolkien or Lewis, it seemed Legolas or Tumnus … More The Lab Girl and the Contemplative: A Campsite Convergence

What Is SparrowFare?

What is SparrowFare? I’ve taken to watching the sparrows in the bushes around my house and at my backyard feeder. They’re a calming corrective to the current climate of political anger and banal entertainment. I need a reset after taking it in. Sparrows draw me away from the sensational. Their very lowliness reminds me of … More What Is SparrowFare?