Monday, August 22, 2016


that came out so large but I rather like it.


I have seen many of Turner's exhibits but never saw this painitng. Wish I had.

Scarborough Town and Castle Morning Boys Catching Crabs by Joseph Mallord William Turner

Friday, August 19, 2016

rain, rain

Rain in the late afternoons have reminded me about God's answers to prayers coming down from His throne. He is robed in majesty. I tried to imagine what this would look like.

Quiet here. 
Empty nest. 
Starting back to teaching classes at the end of the month. My weeks will change. 

so much.

Aren't you?

Lilias Trotter did... here was Book Club.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

magical weekend

Mr. and Mrs. Gordan Buckingham

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Growing Flowers: A Quiet Manifesto

Read here. 

The wild thing about next year is that it always does come. And so much more quickly than we ever dare to hope. When you tend gardens and young children, this is both a marvelous and a heartbreaking thing......

 Of course, a sanctuary is also a good place for prayer. Perhaps that is why, as I work, I do not whistle. I only whisper, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Friday, July 29, 2016

good teaching on prayer

 I don't llke the title of the essay but it is very good teaching on prayer by 
Peter Leithart. This landed in my emails today and just reading it. 

What’s going on when we don’t get what we ask? It may be many things, but Jesus makes it clear that one thing is definitely not going on: This isnot God giving you stones for bread, a snake or scorpion instead of a fish. This is not God giving you the short end of the stick. This is not God keeping the door locked. He doesn’t do that. Ever, ever, ever. He gives good gifts to His children. Always, always, alwaysNothing but good.
God always gives you what you ask, or something even better.
Pray, and then start looking for answers. Faithful prayer leads to expectant living. Pray for the Spirit, and wait to see the Spirit work all around you. Faithful prayer leads to Spiritual living. Pray, and know that whatever God brings is exactly the fish and bread and eggs you need. Prayer in faith leads to thankful living. Pray that your Father would be with you, protect you, guide you, and put away timidity and fear and anxiety. Prayer leads to bold, fearless living.
This is your Father’s world. He has your back, He goes before you, He is the rock beneath you and your heavenly Father above. This is your Father’s world, and He has created this wide world is as a playground for His children.
So: Go pray; and go play.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stab my spirit broad awake

Sarah Clarkson posted a wonderful list of comfort books and used R. L. Stevenson's line from this poem. She used the line to describe returning to TLOR's trilogy. 

The Celestial Surgeon

IF I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes         5
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain:
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my spirit broad awake;  10
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
Choose thou, before that spirit die
A piercing pain, a killing sin,
And to my dead heart run them in!