This is where we begin.

Mountain Metaphor

Like the stoic evergreens that flanked the steeply ascending trail, our marriage had long survived—scarred but strengthened through seasons of drought, infestation, lashing storms… Read more

Steps to Picking Raspberries

First, avoid the bumblebees
zooming in for latent sugar
dripping in the rain, their heavy
soaking reflected in drops
from satiated rubies you hope
to pop in your mouth… Read more


He  weaves with thread
dyed colors you have
not yet seen.

Colors that fold in
and out
that frame and trace
your journey… Read more

Light Dancing

Light dancing on splashes
of gold, red, and orange
beckons to passers-by.

Greens and browns
wave their fronds,
seasons past and to come… Read more

The Ultimate Sacrifice

It was a cool September morning.  Dew covered the tips of the grass.  The house was dark and quiet.  Such a calm moment as I opened my eyes.  My husband was still asleep, as were our four children.  I just wanted to stay in that moment forever and not face the day that was in front of me… Read more

Autumn on the Island

The wind sighing high in the tree tops sounds like the surf
until I reach the beach
where the waves crash ashore with a louder declaration
until they reach the sand
where they sough up the shoreline and sound like the wind
high in the treetops… Read more

Walk with Me

Walk with me.
Walk with me and
notice the sound of the ocean waves. Notice the birds dancing in the shore break.
Notice the warmth of the sun that comforts your soul… Read more

Dying in Beauty Reveals God in Goodness

Leaves fall down
(for life is short),
and dying in beauty
reveals God in goodness… Read more

When I Fail to be Faithful

I watch the waves lap at the shoreline from my seat on the beach, the glistening Sea of Galilee spread before me. Kicking off my sandals, I lift my face skyward, relishing the warmth of the afternoon sun. My eyes close as a slight breeze ruffles my hair… Read more

Love compelled me to climb. 

Leslie McLeod

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