The Value of Winter

As spring approaches, I want to take a few moments to appreciate winter. Winter is my least favorite season, and this year, I felt like it was in no hurry to leave. I don’t like complaining about our days of thirty-degree weather. After all, I know that people who live up north have had to…

The People I Miss

There are people I miss deeply, people I’d love to talk to more regularly. I realize that frequent communication is not always practical. Sometimes there will be long periods of silence. I won’t always be able to tell them how much I’m thinking about them, even though I wish that I could. I’m such a…

Heart on the Ground

Often I’ve found a small, unexpected symbol of encouragement, and it’s brightened my day significantly. I’ve discovered it in various forms: a sunlit pattern in the clouds, a hug, a verse, a comforting breeze, an inspiring line from a song, or a genuine smile. Recently, I noticed this heart on the ground. It reminded me…

Writing a Haiku

I love poetry, but the thought of writing it intimidates me. So I was a little surprised by my desire to write a poem today. I immediately decided to write something simple: a haiku. It’s the shortest form of poetry that I can think of. Writing this Japanese poetry involves several guidelines (which are sometimes…