The Rumination part, living, seeing, being

Of Making Many Books

IT STARTED: It was early 1978. In a few short weeks everything fell apart. Someone I thought I was building a home with wanted “freedom.” To satisfy that we moved 2,000 miles. She took the kids and began the legal process that would ultimately take everything apart. I had only despair. My livelihood was gone. […]

Ordination: My experience, reflections

I’ve been reading Barbara Brown Taylor. She writes an intensely personal reflection on her transition to private life. Read on. “And although I never found a church where I felt completely at home again, I made a new home in the world. I renewed my membership in the priesthood of all believers, who may not […]

The Steinway: Fur Elise

I woke this morning to the dulcet tones of “Fur Elise.” If you also got very far in those childhood piano lessons you also might have made it to Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” I found her in the soft easy chair, watching the sun rise taking coffee from her new Mr. Rogers mug. “I’m centering myself” […]

An Old Man’s Rumination

I want to walk in the Redwoods. One more time. Down that trail, behind the locked gate to the valley little known and little visted with those stout tall trees. The valley the rangers told us about. So green, so alive. I want to see again the rocky southern coast of Oregon, the creatures that […]



I early learned in Cascade glaciers and snowy mountains to use the “Rest Step”. Climbing included a slight pause with each step. One always needs to have enough oxygen. But also the grip, how a foot is planted, the body steadied. Then ready for the next.   These sunbaked lower mountains and hills that surround […]

Gulden Spicy Brown Mustard

I was the chicken whisperer in our house. My job? To routinely go into the coop and gather eggs. I wasn’t very big when I started this role and full grown hens are rather proective of their nests, and their eggs. I learned to pull my hand inside my sleeves to cushion the attacks and […]

Shall we join together for a writing group?

Interesting. This morning I sent out a call for anyone interested in a writing group/ coop. Here are some answers back. “I like this idea very much.” – this from someone who I know has a “blog” and writes or rants as the spirit moves. “If only I had something to write about.” – This […]

Lest We Forget

From 20012 this: Adeny Schmidt PhD. has accepted the post of dean of LaSierra University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Since joining LaSierra’s faculty in 1976, Schmidt has served as Psychology Department chair, dean, vice president for academic administration, director of service learning, and as program evaluator for the Center for Student Academic Success. She […]