The Storm Preparation Parable

The road was lined with pines and oaks at their peak of Spring growth. Yellow pollen was everywhere, blown from the trees by stiff breezes that are common in late April in central North Carolina. Flowers and trees were in bloom. We were in light clothing as the temperatures were… Continue reading

Active Oversight is Often Forgotten

The week’s forecast was not exciting.  Snow showers and clouds for the eastern West Virginia mountains were expected nearly every day, so no observing of the heavens was possible. When the clearing came one early morning, the dim light of dawn crept through the blinds and woke us. The crescent… Continue reading

Crabbing in Herring Creek: A Parable on Life Lost

The little push-net was finally done, and the little boy was excited to catch some crabs. The tide was low, so it was a perfect time to grab the little chicken-wire and wood contraption to get into the shallows of the tidal creek. The creek bottom was soft and sticky… Continue reading