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Rabbitbrush on the high desert

What Matters More than the Choices We Make

In September, my high desert world turns all golden. It starts down low, as the native grasses go to straw. Then seemingly overnight, yellow tips appear on the rabbitbrush that superabounds in our neck of the woods. And now, twice a day—at seven in the morning and again at 3:30—a school bus grinds to a stop […]

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Why You Might Want to Stop Reading This

Remember when running wasn’t a thing? In the late 70s, we were only just starting to try on the term aerobic for size. Then Jim Fixx’s The Complete Book of Running hit the shelves, introducing the concept of running, or “jogging,” for health . . . and for pleasure. For the first time, Americans weighed […]

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Nature Has a Thousand Things

An excerpt from The Curate of Glaston by George MacDonald (I love this book!): As he walked and thought, a fresh wave of doubts washed over him. ‘The ideas of religion are so grand,’ he said to himself, “and the things all around it in life so ordinary. They contradict each other from morning to […]

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Open the Skies

Guess you could call it a pray-cation. We drove twelve hours to Bakersfield to eavesdrop on what the California School Project ministry looks like up close. On the day we rolled into town, California’s governor was preparing to formally declare the state in a drought emergency. The region is parched, on the brink of economic […]

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