Archive of Katherine Collins

Sunday Best – August 1, 2021

This week I gathered with some dear friends for the first time in far too long, in a neighborhood where we all had deep roots. One couple had been married just around the corner, another met in the buildings we could see across the river, and a sister plus another loved one had lived within […]

Sunday Best – July 25, 2021

This week I visited the ocean for the first time in a long while (thanks Matt!), and it reminded me of how lucky I was to witness my niece and newphew’s first time at the beach.  My niece, less than two years old at the time, took one look and yelled, “Oceaaaaaaaan!” and sprinted straight […]

Sunday Best – July 18, 2021

Exactly ten years ago, I was at the halfway point in the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route of about 500 miles that stretches from the edge of France all the way across northern Spain. I had spent weeks planning for the journey, carefully selecting socks and band-aids and a hiking pole, determined to pack […]

Sunday Best – July 11, 2021

This week I attended my first wedding in oh so long, and it was magnificent. The bride was glowing and the groom was earnest and the ceremony reminded us that though we are glorious independent beings, we also have the chance to become one. Throughout the day, seeing family and friends gathered, I was thinking […]

Sunday Best – July 4, 2021

Like most subjects, the founding of the United States is so much more interesting and complicated than the version we learned in grade school.  And for those of us who did attend grade school in the United States, this early passage from the Declaration of Independence is still rolling around in our memory banks: We […]

Sunday Best – June 27, 2021

  Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.      – Mary Oliver   It’s easy to breeze right by the most astonishing things. A hawk circling overhead. A couple that has found one another. A caterpillar slinky-ing up a leaf. A bridge that spans a river. A newborn of […]

Sunday Best – June 20, 2021

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns… Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.        – EF Schumacher   On this solstice day, let’s give thanks […]

Sunday Best – June 13, 2021

  Someone asked me this week when I first wanted to travel, and I realized that the Brownie handbook started it all. In between the recipe for s’mores and lyrics for the “Make New Friends” song was a page that showed all the different Girl Scout uniforms around the world. I wanted to see all […]

Sunday Best – June 6, 2021

No matter how well we know a place, or a person, or a book, they can still surprise us. This week, I glanced out the window to find a deer in the yard – not surprising at all, and in fact a little annoying, as I’d just noticed the tender leaves of a new tree […]

Sunday Best – May 30, 2021

These lines from David Brooks caught my attention this week: Productivity is a mask. I’m too busy to see you.  Essentialism is a mask. I can make all sorts of assumptions about you.  Self-doubt is a mask. I don’t show you myself because I’m afraid you won’t like me.  Distrust is a mask. I wall […]

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