Welcome to “Life in the Real World”. The world of humans is an often noisy and chaotic place but right outside my door I find the world of nature has a realness to it, an ordinary magic with everyday miracles.

I hope this newsletter will be an oasis of peace and beauty. I hope you will find it grounding, meditative, sometimes illuminating, and full of genuine curiosity about this strange thing we call Life.

Here are some of my favorite posts:

Life in the Real World
Many Ways to Pray
The spiritual traditions tell us there are many ways to pray. I resonate with Mary Oliver in her poem, “The Summer Day”: I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all …
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Soft as a Feather
It’s 7:30 AM, the morning after Christmas and most of the world around me is still asleep. The sun is about to peek over the horizon, the temperature is just above freezing and there’s a very light breeze from the east/southeast. The only birds nearby are the crows behind me and some ring-billed gulls diving and chasing each other across the cove. In th…
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The Cootie Portal
It’s a cold morning, just below freezing. Most of the lake has melted but the edges and the coves, where the water is shallow, have a thin layer of ice. I’ve taken my seat on the ground in a cove with a small hill behind me that graciously blocks the north wind. A layer of ice covers about 20 feet of ice between me and the open water. The sun will rise …
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This is Why
“This is why", she thought to herself, breathing in the closeness. "This is why I have been longing to sit on the ground." Listening to his tiny squeaks, noticing the faint remains of his baby stripes. Watching as he dove and rose and dove again without moving further away. He jumped towards her as if something had goosed him from beneath the water and …
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Smiles in the Ice
She's got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky…” (Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”) Ice in the light of the rising sun is one of my favorite forms of beauty to photograph. It requires just the right conditio…
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I’ve been walking in a county park near my home in Kansas City, Missouri for nearly a decade. I’ve heard the term “becoming native to place” and perhaps that’s what I’m doing. I want to know “all my relations” as the native people so beautifully say and I’ve come to know many of their ways, their habits, their attitudes and their beauty. I hope my newsletter offers moments to pause and encourages others to notice all the beings in their own world.

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Visual poet, nature photographer, artist, writer, systems analyst, person who just wants the world to be a kinder place. "Let what you love find you. Be faithful to it. It will teach you how to live.." - Oriah Mountain Dreamer