Finding the most unusual things every day

Finding the most unusual things every day

“I am wanting to go and find Frog Rock,” my friend said with a sly smile. I waited to see if he was serious. He was. Now having spent seven years living here, there are few things that surprise me. But going to see a rock shaped over time and eventually named “frog”...
What we feel when in sight of the sea

What we feel when in sight of the sea

“Ocean in view! O! the joy.” — William Clark The other day I was looking at the ocean, remembering what famed explorer William Clark said upon seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time. I have always felt awe at the accomplishments of Lewis and Clark; as I get...
What does democracy look like?

What does democracy look like?

E.B. White had the ability to say so much by saying so little. Whenever I am confused or needing the compass in my life changed for the better, I reach for something White wrote, because his words remain relevant. In 1943, the Writer’s War Board asked, “What is the...
A story can be just the right medicine

A story can be just the right medicine

Standing here with all the other kids, I watch and wait. The ball leaves the pitcher’s hands, takes a big bounce then settles into a slow, lazy roll towards the kicker. I bend down, place my hands on my knees, admire the new school pants I am wearing, knowing a...