Morrie’s Alchemy 

Morrie’s Alchemy 

Rising Park, Lancaster, Ohio   Several years ago, after dessert on Thanksgiving evening, while everyone sat around the table, pushed back in their chairs with stomachs protruding, our host, Lisa Watson, passed around paper and pens and asked us to write down what...
Bits and Tatters

Bits and Tatters

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, Califonia   It was all sun and storm on the beach. Which one would win didn’t seem to matter as I walked along the coast with the constant crashing of waves and its mist-filled breeze whipping in from the sea. There’s no use...
The Moon and Stars

The Moon and Stars

Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California   In front of me is the Pacific Ocean, dark and brooding, churning hard from the storm that passed through yesterday, the first big storm of the season. And exactly why I’m up at 4:30 in the morning, again, two days...
Nepenthe

Nepenthe

Nepenthe, Big Sur, California   I arrived at the scenic overlook just before noon. A low-hanging cloud left the view a bright emptiness, a deep pillow of infinite white, a scene of nothing. I imagined the expansive view I’d seen numerous times, but for some...
A Spiders View

A Spiders View

Point Reyes, California   It’s five a.m., but it feels like three. There’s a small fire in the heater glowing in the room, and outside the open window, geese honk with concern as Donna sleeps in the next room, possibly listening to me click away. I...
Dripping Sweet

Dripping Sweet

Wind-Ripped Maple, Monterey Peninsula   The plum was perfectly ripe, sweet, and bursting with juice and flavor. Rays of the sun warmed the deck and soaked into my bones, leaving nothing to desire but more of the same warm, bright liveliness. Luscious drops of...