The Brandon Tree

The spindly pine seedling poked a few inches above the Styrofoam cup clutched in my kindergartner’s hands. He proudly held his Arbor Day gift and wanted to plant it. Our yard was narrow and heavily shaded by mature maple trees, … Continue reading

Finding Hope on the Wings of Butterflies and Birds

In the middle of a May week full of parties and ceremonies to commemorate achievement and new beginnings, I received notice of a friend’s death. The wedding date was saved months ago, the ordination service announced weeks ago, and my … Continue reading