Eastern Towhees: What Characters!

Eastern Towhees: What Characters!

When birders say, “oh that is one of my favorite birds!,” it is often an odd statement. We have so many “favorite birds” as to make that statement ubiquitous. However, here goes – the Eastern Towhee is one of my favorite species of birds. To me, they seem elegant and comical at the same time. […]

“Find Me”: Red-shouldered Hawks

“Find Me”: Red-shouldered Hawks

Yesterday I told God, “I don’t know who You are anymore. If You want me to stay in this, You’re going to have to find me.” Well, that doesn’t sound like the words of a seeker, does it? And predictably, years of church teaching rose up in rebellion. I also felt that I should not […]

Not Traveling Through Eden

Not Traveling Through Eden

The older I get, I seem to become less wise (if I ever was), and less tolerant of foolishness. The irony of that doesn’t escape me. In my mind I’ve constructed a world where everyone does what they are supposed to do, where everyone is diligent and considerate, where you don’t have to hide that […]

A Splash of Color and a Promise: Tale of the Cardinals

A Splash of Color and a Promise: Tale of the Cardinals

“If I…forget all I have learned, it is not so much myself that I feel I will be letting down. It is them. The flies and the bee, the river and red bird…all of them who have worked so hard to open my heart and expand my sight. I never lived inside my own wilderness […]

An Interrupted Silence

An Interrupted Silence

Summer fell with no sound. Soon there were no more posts on the Red Flower Journal, and scribbling snippets of poetry on scraps of paper ceased. Conversations with God turned into a strain that not everyone would understand. Interactions with people deteriorated under the weight of the unknown. That which brings forth a voice from […]