Author: Cheryl Ruffing

I Hear You, Bob

I think Robert Frost and I would have understood each other. The Vantage Point If tired of trees I seek again mankind, Well I know where to hie me—in the dawn, To a slope where the cattle keep the lawn. There amid lolling juniper reclined, Myself unseen, I see in white defined Far off the homes of men, and farther…

The Virtue of Hope

Favorite Poems Old and New got overlooked for a few days, and I missed it. Since editor Helen Ferris chose poems with a young audience in mind, all of the selections could be described as having a positive outlook, but some are better than others. The one I turned to today is one I always enjoy: Hold Fast Your Dreams…

Here and There

Yesterday, I made an effort to write 1,000 words and ended up posting them at one of my other sites: Collecting Thoughts Press. Today, I gave it another go and got nearly 2,000 words for Collecting Thoughts. What I ended up with, though, could almost as easily been published here, because of the books and topics I cover. So, I’m…

Its Own Confirmation

I started reading Beauty Will Save the World by Gregory Wolfe right after I bought it about five years ago. From the placement of my bookmark, it looks like I abandoned it after chapter seven. Also, the copious underlining ends shortly before chapter eight begins. I pulled it off the shelf this morning after contemplating Dostoevsky’s phrase and doing an…

No Matter

One of the kids has taken Exploring Creation with Biology from me, so I grabbed Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Dr. Jay L. Wile. In the first chapter, I found something that sparked my imagination, because it gives me yet another way of looking at and appreciating the magic of art, especially photography: As far as scientists can tell, light…

Begin Again

Some books hold me back and slow me down—and I’m thankful for that. Two days ago, I started reading (again) How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch. I’ve picked up the book many times, but I’ve never read farther than page five (maybe six), and it’s not that the book is bad. Hardly.…

When the Way Seems Shut

Today’s meditation in Magnificat seems especially cogent. It was written by Dom Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B., Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Wandrille in Normandy, France. In reality, although following Jesus and leaving everything go hand in hand, it is necessary first of all to follow Christ in order to be able to leave everything. Indeed, only to the extent that…