Ghosts ask “Does it trouble you that

you haven’t done more with this marvelous

life God gave you?”  “No,” I reply.

“And it doesn’t trouble me about all

the sadness and loss God gave me.”



Life Cheat Sheet

cliffBack in school, cheat sheets tempted us

with answers to questions at our fingertips.

Oh, to have a life cheat sheet!

Access to answers to life’s toughest questions.

A chance to ace all the exams.


What the tree leaves behind

after many autumns, winters and final fall

is rings – a dendrochronology of  historical context,

environmental conditions, and possible future issues.

Earlywood,  latewood, drought year, wet year, diseases –

no soul, but a body outliving life.


tree rings