Wednesday, January 31, 2024



Upper Tahquamenon Falls, Paradise, Michigan

Tuesday, January 30, 2024



Upper Tahquamenon Falls,  Newberry, Michigan

Monday, January 29, 2024



I had a half day off on Friday, so I headed north and spent the weekend in the upper peninsula. My heart ached missing Naomi and I cried a lot of tears, but my spirit was nourished by the beauty of water, trees and rocks.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Solitary retreat


Tawas Point State Park

Sunday, January 21, 2024

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Snowed in, power out


I may have been the only adult who was excited to wake up on Saturday morning to find themselves snowed in without electricity.

I had heat from my gas heat stove, and I was able to light my cooking stove with a match, and I had plenty of snow. 

So, I gathered snow. I melted, boiled and filtered some of it for drinking and washing. Most of it I set in the warmest part of the house to melt to use to flush the toilet.

Do you know how much water it takes to flush a toilet?
Do you know how much snow it take to melt to get that much water?
Do you know how long it takes for the snow to melt?... Less time than it takes for my bladder to fill. 

I enjoyed my snowed-in, electric-less adventure (I read an entire book from the library). but I was happy when the power was restored again Saturday evening and I could flush my toilet with barely any effort. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Tuesday, January 16, 2024



For the past three and a half years, I spent Sunday mornings with Naomi, having church while sitting in comfortable chairs, drinking tea. 

Sunday mornings without her have been unrelentingly difficult. 

I have found some solace by pulling on my boots and layering on a wool sweater and heading to the trees and the river and the songs of a few brave birds. 

Monday, January 15, 2024



If I had grown up in a warmer climate, I might have thought snowy landscape scenes were embellished by artists. They're not. This was the view on the way home from church yesterday. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

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Friday, January 5, 2024



Libby and I met at the library the other day and asked a librarian to help us find children's books about grief. We came back with a stack that we previewed (and cried over) and set aside three to read with Betsy's children.

I loved the simplicity of Eva Eland's When Sadness is at Your Door so much that I ordered a copy for myself and one for a friend. 

Ida, Always, by Caron Levis, is based on a true story about two bears. The children like the part of the book where the bears respond to news of Ida's illness by growling. 

When Goodbye is Forever by Lois Rock can be a good starting place for discussions about death and loss. 

Thursday, January 4, 2024

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Monday, January 1, 2024