View Post

Morning coffee

In Growing our Souls by Jamie6 Comments

I was on my second cup of coffee at the Starbucks in downtown Corvallis Oregon when I noticed a cute woman walking a pair of dogs.  It was Friday morning the day after Thanksgiving. That …

View Post

Ashes to the Universe

In Growing our Souls by JamieLeave a Comment

“Old friends cannot be created out of hand… For years we plant the seed, we feel ourselves rich; and then come other years when time does its work and our plantation is made sparse and …

View Post

Tranquil the Whole Day Through

In Growing our Souls, Mairena, Spain by JamieLeave a Comment

Our casita here in Mairena has a south facing terrace.  It’s a pleasant place.  I especially enjoy watching as clouds across the valley arise, linger for a while, and then fade. The quiet spectacle always …

View Post

Joy is Good Enough

In Growing our Souls, Valencia, Spain by Susan10 Comments

With time looking both more precious due to the pandemic and more endless during the recent lockdown,  I decided to take up a new activity: oil painting.  It was actually round three for me. Once …

View Post

The Importance of Small Pleasures

In Growing our Souls, Outdoor Workouts, Valencia, Spain by Susan14 Comments

We resurfaced from the Covid-19 confinement of nearly two months with a renewed appreciation and soft spot in our hearts for the city parks of Valencia.  They represent our little “snippet” of nature until we …

View Post

Deja Vu High School

In Growing our Souls by Jamie4 Comments

As I sat down to write this post it dawned on me that it has been 50 years since I graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in Racine, Wisconsin.   Fifty years is a long time.  …

View Post

My Reckoning With Hidden Consumption: Part 1 — Clothing

In Growing our Souls by Susan2 Comments

One of my many interests and aspirations is to lower my impact on earth.  I feel a little guilty that I’m just getting around to this with my new retired lifestyle, but timing is everything.  …

View Post

Our Gentle Values and Their Measures

In Growing our Souls by Susan & JamieLeave a Comment

We are trying to live gently in the world, more gently than we ever have.  We’ve been at this point before, when we were young, and again, and yet again — only to fall short.  …