Month: February 2020


Astonished


“We were made and set here, the writer Annie Dillard once wrote, "to give voice to our astonishments."  The word “astonish” comes from two ancient words “ex” and “tonare”.  The word “ex” meant “out of” and “tonare” meant “thunder.”  In other words, (literally, in other words!) astonish means to be as one might...

Island Times


“I would like to live on that tiny island up ahead.”  It was just a thought.  It popped into my head while I was on the deck of a ferry here in the Salish Sea.  I was on a drive to a friend’s house a few islands over and the...

the quilt


It makes sense to me that our western day of worship is “Sunday.”  Of course, we know that the term comes to us because we once worshipped the sun in earlier, slightly more pagan times.  And yet the term “pagan” simply means “rural.”  We humans who used to live unsophisticated...