Am I Listening?

Am I Listening?

Am I Listening? By Linda Wood Rondeau   She tried to explain to her teenage son why he shouldn’t keep looking at his phone while his mother was talking to him. He continued working his phone. In exasperation, she lifted his chin. “Didn’t you hear me?”He said in a respectful tone, “I heard you. I […]

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

The Regular Practice of Pruning {and the price of neglect}

Long before we lived here, someone planted an ornamental pear tree right outside the kitchen window. In our years of inhabiting this place, it has been home to squirrels scampering up and down its trunk, frolicking in the branches. Most mornings, it sings, or rather the birds perched on its branches sing and fill the […]