A Multi-Genre Approach to the “Typical Day” Question

It’s interviewing season and whenever we have an opening in our department (and we’ve had at least one every year),the number one question people seem to ask is:  What is a typical day in your job like? I have to laugh because But I can tell you about my day today. I wasn’t surprised when I got…

Rise Above

We attended sunrise services for the first time today. Sitting on the wooden bench at the top of the mountain trail, I was struck by the beauty of this space and of this company long before the sun crested the hill. Against the backdrop of the pale blue sky, the outline of the cross was lit by the bonfire…

Weeds and Wonders

I spent the first few hours of the first Saturday afternoon in April this year in the yard.  Leather gloves breaking in with every familiar back and forth of the rake, I tidied up a fraction of our four-and-a-half acres.  I bagged up pine needles and pine cones, dried grasses and dead leaves. “It looks so…

Storyboard

I sit at the conference luncheon, enjoying Roland Smith’s tales of nature and preservation of species.  I always love hearing where authors get their ideas. This time last year,  it was Gary Paulsen who inspired me.  And this time, I can hear the familiar voice in the back of my mind. It is no longer discouraged that I…

Not a Day Goes By

Driving home,  I felt it. Like an itch that needs scratching,  like a sneeze that tickles your nose,  like a hunger inside an empty belly.  I couldn’t quite tell what it was at first.  Have I forgotten something at work?  Yes,  but that’s not it.  Have I lost myself in a tangle of thoughts?  Yes,…