The Realm of the Possible

There’s a dimension where all things are possible. A realm where the tangled becomes loose, and the unfeasible becomes achievable. Images of the place appear in our dreams, but we seldom access the sphere during daylight hours. We’re vaguely aware of its presence, yet we rarely enter. This place is very close, yet not in our immediate element. Whether located …

Lessons from My Granddad

Granddaddy’s eyesight was in decline by the time I was born. Maybe it had something to do with the kerosene lantern he read by in his early years. Despite his eighth-grade education, Granddaddy loved books before electricity arrived in his shack. His Bible and dictionary were tattered and worn from decades of use.  Because I was born late into my …

Behold!

By Joanna Robbins As I arrived in South Korea, I entered an empty apartment for my 2-week quarantine.   Whatever does one do …in a foreign country…..in quarantine …..for 14 days ….all alone?   We ponder…a lot.  I pondered the word “obedience.”  I sighed…a lot.  Why is it so evasive?   I forbade myself to make a list of do’s …

Cormorant Fishing

We felt our way onto the creaky boat as our eyes deliberately adjusted to the inky blackness of night. Easing quietly onto the wooden slats that would be our seating for the next hour, I could only imagine the mountainous shoreline I’d seen earlier in the day. As darkness quickly swallowed the bank of the Li River, we wondered if our …

The Potter

  Throwing a terra cotta lump in the center of his wheel, the potter gently but firmly pressed his hands into the spinning clay. As his nails and wrists caked with the mud and moisture, he patiently conformed the block into a pliable piece. Continually wetting his hand to keep the lump moist, he worked until it gradually yielded, softening …