Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Some Lessons of Sabbatical
I was not exactly looking forward to our family’s sabbatical in Berkeley, California. Our five-month sojourn was a year-and-a-half in the planning, so my mind had plenty of time to run through every nightmarish scenario imaginable....
Poem: On the lift
On the Lift
There’s not a better place
on earth than sitting here
with Bill McKibben
in County Tire’s waiting room.
Our cars hoisted on two
lifts. Two men behind
the glass, swapping out
our sets of...
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Goodbye to Berkeley
As we prepare to leave Berkeley, California and return home to Vermont, here are some Berkeley stories from the past five months of our family’s sabbatical:
It’s late January. We are a few weeks into our homeschool...
Poem: It's winter again
It’s Winter Again
Gratitude to you, young woman,
sliding your squeegee across the glass,
wiping its blade dry again.
Praise for the care you’re taking
applying yourself side to side.
Inside the circle, the track...
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: They Paved Paradise
It’s late afternoon, and I’m looking east through the big picture windows of my favorite café in Berkeley, California. I’m used to seeing the Green Mountains when I look east, but today I see the Berkeley Hills.
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Where The Heart Is?
When friends and family from Vermont ask how we’re doing during our five-month sabbatical in Berkeley, California, I usually answer, “It’s been a good experience. But it’s not home.”
The funny thing is, it was...
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: The Surprising Joy of Homeschooling
Husband: I was thinking we could go to Berkeley for the second half of my sabbatical. We have family and friends there, and I could do research in my old department at UC Berkeley.
Me: Sure, that makes sense.
Husband: And we’d enroll...
Out and About: Theater Times Three
Given the nature of the last two Addison Independent community calendar events I attended, and one I will be attending this weekend, the theme of this post will be “The Theatah.” (In my head, I pronounce it in the snooty, British...
Better than the return
of the Redwing Blackbirds
Bob says, jogging by me,
this March morning.
In his Khaki shorts.
First green shoots
inching up in the road’s
ditch. Two deer across
Faith in Vermont, California Sabbatical: Journey to Points South
In mid-February our family left the house we’re renting during my husband’s sabbatical in Berkeley, California and drove south for eight hours.
Our destination: Orange County, a sprawling collection of suburbs just south of Los...