Archive of Katherine Collins

Sunday Best – October 2, 2022

I met up with a colleague this week who was delighted to report he’d just learned of a potential solution to a water shortage in his area. In describing the solution, it became clear that there was not actually a shortage of water, but rather a terrible system of use and distribution, which could be […]

Sunday Best – September 25, 2022

  Getting started, keeping going, getting started again – in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm not only of achievement but of survival, the ground of convinced action, the basis of self-esteem and the guarantee of credibility in your lives, credibility to yourselves as well as to others. […]

Sunday Best – September 18, 2022

On my way to the airport in California this week, I was caught up in the me-me-me that travel sometimes entails. My ride was late, my hotel bill had an error, my stomach was rumbling, my mind was preoccupied. When I finally looked up from my phone, this smiley sight greeted me, the work of […]

Sunday Best – September 11, 2022

In honor of Mary Oliver’s birthday this weekend, a selection from A Thousand Mornings:   Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, […]

Sunday Best – September 4, 2022

ALMOST EVERYTHING WILL WORK AGAINIF YOU UNPLUG IT FOR A FEW MINUTES —INCLUDING YOU.            – ANNE LAMOTT     Dear friends, May we all have a pocket of peace today, for reflection and reconnection, for recovery and replenishment.   ***** In case you are looking to make the most of […]

Sunday Best – August 28, 2022

  I’ve intentionally spent time in varied landscapes this summer, which has led to a more vivid appreciation of the uniqueness and unity of our natural world. Here is the third in a series of blessings based on these places.   Blessing of the Forest May the morning mist soften our sight May the sapling-split […]

Sunday Best – August 21, 2022 (with book list!)

I’ve intentionally spent time in varied landscapes this summer, which has led to a more vivid appreciation of the uniqueness and unity of our natural world. Here is the second in a series of blessings based on these places.   Blessing of the Mountains   May the thin sharp air clear our confusion May the […]

Sunday Best – August 14, 2022 (with book list!)

I’ve intentionally spent time in varied landscapes this summer, which has led to a more vivid appreciation of the uniqueness and unity of our natural world. Here is the first of a series of blessings based on these places.   BLESSING OF THE DESERT May the skittering gecko bring alertness to change May the spirals […]

Sunday Best – August 7, 2022

I spent a delightful morning last week exploring a beach known for its agates, amazed by the beautiful rocks that were strewn along the shore at low tide. By the time I turned to leave, my pockets were sagging with the weight of tiny treasures I’d borrowed to examine more closely. Imagine my dismay when […]

Sunday Best – July 31, 2022

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.     – Isak Dinesen   This week I found myself near the coast, and hiked over two hours to see an area where there were supposed to be tidal pools teeming with life. When I arrived, I found barnacles and mussels […]

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