Notes from Vanaprastha:

Reflections on Faith, Nature, and Writing

Lead or be led

Lead or be led

Cato lept from his nest bed in the great room, growling, barking, and bellowing. I peered at the digital clock in our bedroom. 3:36 am. Early morning on Maundy Thursday. “There must be something out there,” I said to Keith. “I’ll go check.” Cato raced between me...

Savor the Salt

Savor the Salt

Keith reached for the salt shaker on the chest next to our dining room table. “I don’t really like my food this salty, but since we don’t eat processed food, which is high in salt, and my blood tests consistently indicate that I’m low in sodium, I have to add...

Nudges and God Winks

Nudges and God Winks

While Mac store employees transferred data from my old laptop to the new, I sat in Panera, sipping herbal tea, nibbling a blueberry scone, and reading a little pink book. I figured it was worth waiting to save a second trip into town. And I would have been reading...

A poke in the eye

A poke in the eye

I propped the rake against the sentinel oak near the driveway. Before raking leaves in the meadow, I needed to remove branches and sticks that had fallen during the winter. Cato trotted beside me, enjoying the warmth of the morning’s spring-like weather. The slope...

It’s not easy being green

It’s not easy being green

“Grandpa and Grandma thank you and miss you!!” I texted my daughter and granddaughter after opening the FedEx box that arrived in mid-December. As I wrote earlier that month, Christmas 2020 certainly happened but not together as a family. My daughter saw this...

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