Small Messengers

Photo by Laura K. Deal

I have a history with bees. The associations are multiple and interconnected, and bees are showing up in my dreams and in waking life.

From running barefoot in the backyard, I had my share of childhood beestings. They hurt like crazy, and then my foot would swell and it […]

Audrey Assad “Even the Winter”

When Love Arrives

Wonderful Spoken Word Poetry by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. For a set of coincidences that blew me away, check out the first question on their FAQ page.



Butterfly–7 Days a cappella

Thanks to Maia Raeder for finding this:


You are not born knowing how great an artist or how powerful a healer or how stalwart a friend you could be in this lifetime. You are not born knowing how deeply you can love and care for another. You have to learn to act with courage, self-confidence, and faith. These are the potentials you […]

Unlikely Animal Pairs

“Cooperating works.” Yes, indeed.

Friendship on Fire

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

~Bruce Lee


Advice from Oz

My grandfather, Harold Osborne, had a penchant for nicknames, and often referred to himself as Oz. I think he’d get a kick out of me posting some nuggets from his letters to the world.

Thursday, February 12, 1942 “Well, life moves on and time goes fast, and if there is a burbling over from this […]

“How close I want to be”

By Roger Peterson


How close I want to be to you my love I smell your heat I taste the breath upon your lips And I am made a man

Understand my love this wall between my longing and my having. So small an obstacle but strong is the fear that keeps me from […]

“The Silent Meadow” Excerpt

Here’s the scene from “The Silent Meadow” that helped me overcome my fear of bees. I was terrified of them as a kid, and after writing this story I work beside them in my garden without fear, and they work around me. Writing is magic.


Art by Leah Palmer Preiss

With new understanding, […]