Bible Note #20 — Deuteronomy 22:6-7 and Cruelty to the Vulnerable and Weak

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 [ESV] “If you come across a bird's nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young.  You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it … Continue reading Bible Note #20 — Deuteronomy 22:6-7 and Cruelty to the Vulnerable and Weak

Backyard Note #5 — Feeding the Stock

[From a journal entry dated July 2003] I've been busy hunting for food for our various wildlife guests.  We have been collecting specimens from the Chemung River.  It all started with the set of twenty or so toad tadpoles that we found in a small pool along the bank of the river.  It was water … Continue reading Backyard Note #5 — Feeding the Stock

Prayer Note #20 — On a Snowy Day

What a gloriously complex and intricate world you have made for us to live in, Lord!  I am so very grateful.  The beauty of the white snow blanketing everything and even doing a kind of tight-rope walk along the utility lines and tiny branches of the trees seems to somehow blanket and soothe my busy … Continue reading Prayer Note #20 — On a Snowy Day

Prayer Note #14 — Potted Plants and Perching Birds

A PRAYER OF THANKS FOR GIFTS THAT LIVE AND BREATHE Thanks you, Lord, for my plants.  They pour life and earthiness and calm into my study.  Even the fierce crown of thorn plants, which scratch me and puncture me, add an untamed elegance to this space where I spend so much time.  There is an … Continue reading Prayer Note #14 — Potted Plants and Perching Birds

Backyard Notes #4

He (or she) seems quite at ease and dignified in the photographs of him strutting across our front lawn.  I have only the pictures to go by.  I was at work during his visit.  My son took the pictures.  That our imperious visitor was a Cooper's hawk was plain almost immediately.  What made his visit … Continue reading Backyard Notes #4