Spelling Bee Wisdom

Spelling Bee Wisdom

The spellers were nervous. And who could blame them? Approximately two dozen 4th and 5th graders lined up on a stage with a gymnasium filled with their peers, parents, and grandparents sitting behind them.  In an age of spell check and auto correct, it’s a wonder anyone can spell any more. And yet these 4th and 5th graders could and did, beating out the rest of their peers to get to this competition.  Before the spelling bee began,…

Season of Song

Season of Song

The toes are tapping, and I am glad of it. Not one foot, but dozens of them scattered under the semicircle of chairs for the first middle school band concert of the year. Some are on the downbeat, some are on the up beat, but all, mostly, are in sync. And I am glad of…

Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act

The hummingbirds left first. And it won’t be long before the loons leave too, taking with them their happy, haunting music. All summer we enjoyed their company on a lake in Northern Wisconsin. And now, these feathered friends and hundreds of other species are leaving on their long journey across the country to as far…

Walking With Wolves

Walking With Wolves

I am not afraid.    Though maybe I should be, for I am walking with wolves.   Not literally, or course, but we are on the same trail.  I know this because I frequently see their tracks along the snow-covered isolated road that I hike in northern Wisconsin. My road is also abuzz with the prints of deer, snowshoe rabbit, and fox, but it is…

Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry

They are lined up outside before the doors open.  Even if it is cold or rainy, they are there.   Waiting.   For they are hungry.  Today is their one day of the month when they may come to our local interfaith food pantry for a grocery cart full of nourishment.  We exchange greetings as I walk by, some…