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2 weeks ago

Mary Pipher
This morning, I am in a cabin on the Platte River with three friends. We are on a writing retreat, silent most of the time, as we work on our projects. Right now I am listening to a coal train rumble by and watching the river. Yesterday I could see ice floes everywhere but today they have disappeared. I am waiting for the enormous old groundhog who lives on the riverbank to emerge from his den, and I am watching lines of geese fly over with the sun on their bellies. Ducks skitter past, just above the water. A bald eagle nests in the tallest tree across the river. I am feeling as happy as I ever feel. I am with friends, writing, and watching the river. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Mary Pipher
Late yesterday afternoon, I walked along the lake. It was a blissful experience. Children and adults with their colorful sleds covered the sides of the dam like confetti. Lines of geese circled overhead before landing in the open water with hundreds of their peers. The sun was out, and I could see the snow-covered pines by the planetarium. Best of all were the hundreds of small gems sparkling at my feet and the deep blue shadows falling across my path. My friends, we have waited a long time for a big snow. I urge you to go outside and appreciate it. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Mary Pipher
This morning early, I plugged in my Christmas tree lights, and made coffee. This time of day, when my world is quiet, I have the luxury of thinking. My first thoughts were of my friend’s funeral on Tuesday. Sue was my neighbor when the children were growing up. She was also a peace activist and an environmentalist. She had a long and interesting life. I will miss her. I am old now and losing people on a regular basis, but I have ways to steady myself. This morning it is listening to my old cat Glessie purr beside me. And it is looking at the crescent moon and Venus, both caught in the branches of our white pine. The world is so full of beauty and miracles if only I am not too busy to notice. ... See MoreSee Less
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