Thank you, Judith, for a wonderful day of care, a facial and lunch!!! What a great treat from a great friend.

Today I am preparing for the upcoming retreat in Kanuga Conference Center. It looks like a marvelous place to retreat. Looking forward to interacting with my friends and colleagues in this beautiful place.

The Trees

Do you think of them as decoration?

Think again.

Here are maples, flashing.
And here are the oaks, holding on all winter
to their dry leaves.
And here are the pines, that will never fail,
until death, the instruction to be green.
And here are the willows, the first
to pronounce a new year.

May I invite you to revise your thoughts about them?
Oh, Lord, how we are all for invention and
But I think
it would do us good if we would think about
these brothers and sisters, quietly and deeply.The trees, the trees, just holding on
to the old, holy ways.

~Mary Oliver~