Caretaker’s Birthday

TODAY AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES IT IS A RED LETTER DAY, as it is the birthday of one of the Caretakers—Kathy! (My wife by marriage.) We celebrated last night with a nice dinner in the cabin, supplemented by a little wine and an old PBS Poirot Mystery.

Sherburn Wildlife Refuge

SPENT THE AFTERNOON AT WONDERFUL SHERBURN WILDLIFE REFUGE for Kathy’s birthday. In addition to observing and frolicking with grandchildren, always a rewarding experience (and sharing carrot cake cupcakes and hot coffee on picnic blankets)

Bonsai Zen Forest

IT IS A GOOD DAY at Pine Point, as we celebrate the delightful un-hiding of Trump’s taxes. As we look forward confidently to Joe Biden having a fine debate. As we anticipate our Minnesota Twins in the Playoffs!

Autumn in Full Swing

HERE AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES, Autumn is in full swing. The old Deacon pines are dropping their needles, carpeting the earth with gold. An azure blue sky is reflected in the Father of Waters, while the air has a definite spicy tang to it.

Florence Price

  OUT FOR A LITTLE DRIVE THIS EVENING and on the radio–Symphony Channel–came the loveliest, pastoral little piece–a suite of short dances actually. We had never heard them before.


AS WE NAVIGATE anxious and treacherous times, it is important for each of us to maintain our own health and equilibrium. To keep our bow pointed in the direction we want to move, and to regularly do a few things that bring us peace and calm.

A Fine Month

ON THIS AUGUST MORNING AT THE CHURCH O THE PINES things are quiet. Mostly. The storms of two days ago are a fading memory.


TODAY AT FAWN ISLAND on Rainy Lake, we had a quiet, polite visitor (well, we believe it is actually a full-time under-the-dock dweller) that Kathy has named Methuselah. Last week the grandkids saw it, and Henry said, “I’m not going swimming in there!” Take a peek…  

Little Tree Forest

LAST NIGHT’S SEVERE STORMS were frightening to the caretakers of a Big Tree Forest. We have had some rough experiences in recent years, and are very grateful to have escaped major damage—hope others did as well.