This week’s essay explores concepts of patience, the odyssey of evolution, and our kinship with other species while I take a morning walk with a taunting songbird. “The odyssey of evolution is frenzied at times, but is afforded the luxury of eternity to conduct trial and error.”
In which we learn about the red-eyed vireo and the power of optimism. It’s a short little essay, but I think an important one. Please consider sharing this essay, and series, with others. Many thanks.
This week’s essay is a short one, at just 5 minutes, but an important one. This is the first one I wrote for the book (not knowing it at the time). It began with the drawing. Then the poem, which revelaed to me that there was a lesson to be learned from this little flower.Continue reading “Within These Woods: Large-Leafed Trillium”
My family has been fortunate throughout 2020. All are healthy and largely unaffected financially. The rest is unpleasent and stressful but temporary. I’m especially grateful to have both of my daughters home for Christmas for a couple of weeks. While they are here we’ve recorded this version of a Woody Guthrie song, Peace Call. LinneaContinue reading “Happy Holidays from the Goodwins”
We often seek strong leaders. It seems that during much of my memory, and maybe our country’s history we have admired and sought leaders that were “strong.” Though sometimes I think we have the wrong perception of what strength is. At some point we shifted from looking to strong leaders to strongmen as leaders. ThisContinue reading “The Courage to Compromise”
In this morning’s essay we begin with learning about this little frog and its contribution the soundtrack of the woods and end up thinking about prayer, meditation and the presence of silence. You never know where a little amphibian thinking might take you. As always, consider sharing this post in some manner of social media.
I may not know Jack, but let me tell you a little about Jack in the Pulpit.
Our lives are in the soil. Mycorrhizal networks in the soil exist throughout the earth—from arctic to tropical biomes and running through the soil of the grasslands and tundra. This forms a nearly contiguous network very similar to the neural network of connections within the human brain. Stanley Kubrick’s character from 2001: A Space Odyssey,Continue reading “My God It’s Full of Stars”
This week’s essay is about the tiny, but oh-so-present spring peeper. A demure little amphibian with a big voice contributing mightily to the audio backdrop within these woods. As always, I ask that you consider sharing this post with others.
This week’s essay the wood anemone gives us an opportunity to think about humility and quiet confidence. Something I think we could always use more of.