for Cristi Past winters, she was a solitary stick, heckled by wind and a jumble of unwelcome weather. But she bewildered the misguided opposition (and even herself) with a dazzling testament to a hidden & beautifully unapparent life. Michael James Fitzgerald

One Pushup, One Sit-up, and One Jumping Jack

When asked about his secret, he answered that when he was a young man, he set a goal to do only one pushup, sit-up, and jumping jack every day of his life. Only one? Yes, one.

Nothing in Nature Lives for Itself

I heard this quote in sacrament meeting today. I’ve never heard it before and never thought of nature quite this way before. I love this quote. Nothing in nature lives for itself. Rivers don’t drink their own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruit. Sun doesn’t give heat for itself. Flowers don’t spread fragrance for…

Summer Evening

Tired leaves and tarnished grass, Geese mourning the sun, The tide of summer slipping into night. When will I see your perfect light again? How can I forget your inescapable bones? Michael James Fitzgerald

Smartphone-less: Two Months Later

I sold my smartphone in May and replaced it with a rather feature-less “feature” phone. (I wrote about why I did this recently.) It’s been a bit of an adventure to step away from technology and into the trackless quiet of the heart. Yes, smartphones are very convenient devices, and I look forward to getting…

The Rim of the Moon

Along a keen edge of dark and light I ran an unsuspecting finger and left behind a sunset drop in memory of this forgotten world, its atomic trouble, double-barreled blame, shark-toothed schoolyard terror, from which I flee like an invisible child flying home one last time. Michael James Fitzgerald

“My Peace I Give unto You”

Within hours, Jesus would suffer beyond all comprehension, and yet he left these words—among His last—with His apostles: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27.) “My peace”? What is…

Summer Rain

Heaven saved my childhood tears— tucked them all safely into the firmament— mild, fierce, unwelcome confessions of the heart. Today, She could bear them no longer. Michael James Fitzgerald

Key Verse: “He Will . . . Deliver You” (Mosiah 7:33)

I love this verse. I only recently “discovered” it. King Limhi, son of wicked King Noah in the Book of Mormon, gathered his people around the temple in the land of Nephi and made this amazing promise. But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in…

Cease from Anger (Part 3)

When the Savior came to the Americas near the end of 34 AD, these were among the first words he spoke: For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the…

The Six Destructive Ds

Over the last few days, I’ve listened to Elder Kevin Pearson’s conference talk on faith in the Lord Christ (given in April 2009) several times. I was particularly fascinated by his “Six Destructive Ds.” I share them here (emphasis mine). First is doubt. Doubt is not a principle of the gospel.It does not come from…