Wanderings from the Deer Stand

Another chilly morning sitting in the woods. Waiting. Listening. Trying to pick up on any movement or other sign that will alert me to the presence my prey. This is the time of year I most enjoy. The air is crisp. The bugs are tolerable. I have an excuse to sit still and be present. … Continue reading Wanderings from the Deer Stand

Be The Gatekeeper

You are the gatekeeper of your mind.Said Someone...maybe the Buddha There is so much going on in this world. A pandemic, civil unrest, and an overall lack of leadership. Our collective stress level is through the roof. If you want to really bring your blood pressure up, just click on any of the social media … Continue reading Be The Gatekeeper

Grounding While Grounded

Life has changed. This Pandemic has limited our freedom to move about town, see friends and family, and go out to eat. Other than work, at least for those of us fortunate enough to be an "essential business", we are told to stay home. It feels so much like the punishment we received as children … Continue reading Grounding While Grounded

Kindness Matters

Our family tries to have dinner together every night.  This is our time together, without the distraction of television, video games, or phones.  We tell each other about our days, what we have coming up, and pick on their mother. It is sometimes difficult to extract information from them.  I had been asking the same … Continue reading Kindness Matters

In Re: Each Other

When my youngest son is upstairs in our house, he wants someone up there with him. This is especially so when he is showering. The other day, I was on upstairs watch while he was in the shower. To pass the time, I was sitting on the bed and scrolling through Twitter. Up to that … Continue reading In Re: Each Other

Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation

Cleaning Out

I have been in a bit of a funk lately. I am not sure of the exact cause, but it may have to do with a bad case of poison ivy that I got while doing some work in the woods. Constant itching and lack of sleep doesn't put one in a chipper mood. The … Continue reading Cleaning Out

Be Aware

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I don't know the source of this message, but I know that it is important.  We must be constantly aware of how we are … Continue reading Be Aware

Lessons

"Failure is your best teacher."  I do not know who said this, but I find it to be true.  My growth has come more from my failures than my successes.  Lord knows that I have had plenty of failures.  Sometimes it takes multiple failures for the lessons to sink in. In my younger days, I … Continue reading Lessons