Japonicas

I thought I’d moved to the “Sunny South” when I moved to Birmingham last year, but the Spring of 2014 didn’t exactly march in and take over. Last year, Spring was more like a timid child, peeping around the door into a room, fearful of what might be found in there. I think this year…

Walking in the Light

I must confess that I’m not a morning person. It’s true that I get up around 5:00, do my discipline of silent meditation, brew coffee, eat breakfast, then head out for the hospital. This pattern has been going on since I was in college and I had a host of 8:00 classes. In fact, throughout…

Wolves in Yellowstone

I’ve been reading about “trophic cascades” recently after a dear friend sent me this video. I’d not seen the video, but evidently more than 14 million others have!  It’s a perfect example of how everything in nature has a role to play, a role we must strive to understand and value.  Take a look! I’m still…

Looking Upstream

Wendell Berry once said, “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”  In my opinion, it’s a great variation on the Golden Rule.  It’s also a nicer sentiment than it’s corollary, “Always drink upstream from the herd.”  The second quote comes from a compendium of so-called Cowboy Wisdom, the first from…