Sunday, May 31, 2020

Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights.

be still

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth. 
–T.S. Eliot, excerpt from “East Coker”, Four Quartets

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. From Dean Randy Hollerith, Washington National Cathedral

From Bishop Gutierrez: "I Can't Breathe"

Bishop Daniel GutiƩrrez. A pilgrim seeking those sacred spaces of transformation in and through Jesus Christ. Along the holy journey, I pray to develop deeper relationships, and pursue understanding, wisdom, and knowledge. To discover God in each moment and each space. By God's will and with God's blessing.


The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:8-9

 “I can’t breathe.” Those words continue to ring in my ears. George Floyd, a child of God, was gasping for air, calling for his mother and pleading for his life.

The truth is revolting. It is easy to turn away and ignore the horror as if it is someone else's problem. Yet, how can we not be horrified and grief-stricken when we believe that every person is created in God's image? How can I ignore the cries when we proclaim that every person on this earth is a beloved child of God? 

This becomes all the more heart breaking when we consider there are thousands more wrongful deaths of our sisters and brothers that do not make the headlines.

Racism is not solely a problem for people of color. It affects us all. If one member of the body suffers, all suffer together. More than just a personal prejudice, racism is a systemic and institutionalized problem that continues to find new ways to seep into our legal system, politics, prisons, and yes, even our churches.

With tears in our eyes and Christ in our hearts, we must do everything we can to confront and dismantle the structures and systems that allow such injustices to occur. As the Body of Christ, we must shield our siblings from the blows inflicted by prejudice and hatred. In the process, may we never meet the violence with violence, or the hate with more hate. We pray for the strength and faith to transform this violence through love. We pray, dear Lord, that we never allow our persecution to turn us into persecutors. For a pure heart that is centered in God will always find God. 

Let us go forth, walk with the oppressed, and raise our collective voices to proclaim the Good News: that every human being is created in the image of God and that out of his boundless love, Jesus gave up his life to save every individual. Therefore, no act of violence is acceptable. And, no life is expendable under any circumstance.

Let us ask the Lord to make us laborers for peace, healers of violence and pain, and messengers of love. Let us always look, see and hear, and then, without fear or hesitation, act with the heart of Christ. 

As a demonstration of our commitment, I am asking for the Diocese of Pennsylvania to pray together the Great Litany on June 8th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. We will have different voices across the diocese reading the names of those slain by acts of violence during this time. Information on the live-steamed event will be sent out next week.

For this litany, we will move the observance of the Feast Day of the martyrs of Uganda to June 8. The first name to be read in the recitation of names will be Archbishop Janani Luwum. I invite you to send names you wish to be included to All names received by 5 pm on June 5 will be included. 

As Christians, we cannot look away any longer. May Christ transform our hearts into his own heart of compassion.  

Lead me

Psalm 25
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you: *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2 Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3 Show me your ways, O LORD, *
and teach me your paths.
4 Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
5 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
6 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7 Gracious and upright are you, O LORD; *
therefore you teach sinners in your way.
8 You guide the humble in doing right *
and teach your way to the lowly.
9 All the paths, O LORD, are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.
10 For your Name’s sake, O LORD, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11 Who are they who fear the LORD? *
the LORD will teach them the way that they should choose.
12 They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13 The LORD is a friend to the God-fearing *
and will show them the holy covenant.
14 My eyes are ever looking to the LORD; *
who shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15 Turn to me and have pity on me, *
for I am left alone and in misery.
16 The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
bring me out of my troubles.
17 Look upon my adversity and misery *
and forgive me all my sin.
18 Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19 Protect my life and deliver me: *
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20 Let integrity and righteousness preserve me; *
for my hope has been in you.
21 Deliver Israel, O God, *
out of all their troubles.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Incline our hearts

Collect for the Renewal of Life
O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The church

“The church has unfolded in many forms, and no one
single external form stands alone as the CORRECT
visible expression. As the church settled
in various geographical areas and as it penetrated
through a variety of cultures,
it found expression in multifaceted forms.
Thus, the insistence that the church
must exist in a single form is a denial
not only of the richness of creation,
but also of the complexities of the human response.”

―  Robert Webber, theologian

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Ryan Holiday: "As a family"


Before you had kids, “I love you” was that powerful three word phrase. You said it to your future wife or your future husband and you loved hearing it. But now there is another phrase even more beautiful. It’s these three words: as a family.

As in, “Let’s go for a walk as a family.” “Let’s go to Disneyland as a family.” “We’re going to be here for your sister as a family.” “Let’s order pizza and watch a movie as a family.” “We are going to get through this pandemic as a family.”

Love is a feeling. Family is a state of being. It’s something you do. It’s something you live. Marriage is important—it’s a bonding of two people. But family is something so much bigger than any legal relationship. It’s so much more than two people—by definition. 

Your family is a unit. It’s something greater than the sum of its parts. It contains within it all your happiness and your purpose for being on this earth. It’s the thing that makes anything and everything special—that transforms time sitting on the couch with a bowl of cereal (sad when you’re single) into something magical and beautiful when you do it as a family. Disneyland is fun whenever but as a family it’s something wholly different… and somehow worth every penny (and it costs a lot of them). 

And the best part of those three words? As we’ve talked about, it’s that you can be a family anywhere. Everywhere. Including right now, in a world locked and shutdown

So go do it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

2003 NCAA Men's Lacrosse

When here and now cease to matter

Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.
–T.S. Eliot, excerpt from “East Coker”, Four Quartets


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12 Ways My Life Has Changed After 12 Years of Minimalism

Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States where we pause to remember those who died in active military service. May nothing I write in this article overshadow that fact…

On a purely personal level, readers of this blog will know that Memorial Day weekend signifies something completely different in my life and my family’s life.

It was on Memorial Day weekend, 12 years ago, that I was first introduced to the concept of minimalism and my life changed forever. You can read my story here or watch it here.

In the last 12 years, my life has changed dramatically because of minimalism. As I sit down to reflect, here are some of the most significant changes that have taken place.

12 Ways My Life Has Changed After 12 Years of Minimalism:

1. I own less.

I have never counted my things—never wanted to actually. But when we first made the decision to become minimalist, we easily got rid of 60-70% of our things.

A lot has changed since then. We’re in a different season of life. Most significantly, my kids are now 17 and 14 (rather than 5 and 2) and with their growing bodies and growing independence, different possessions have come and gone over the years. So I would never try to guess on a % at this point.

But we still own much less than when we started this journey—and I can’t even begin to imagine how much stuff we would own if we hadn’t been pursuing minimalism these last 12 years.

2. I live in a smaller home.

We moved 9 years ago from Vermont (where my minimalism story began) to Phoenix, AZ. When we did, we bought a smaller home than we lived in before. We knew the neighborhood where wanted to live and waited for the smallest model of home to become available.

We bought a smaller home for numerous reasons and have never regretted that decision—even as our children have grown.

3. I have more money in savings.

I suppose, as you grow older, it would be expected that you would have more money saved and more money in your retirement accounts. But that is clearly not the case for every American. For us, however, it is.

While my income has increased from 12 years ago (as would be expected), my expenses have significantly decreased (see Point 1 and 2 above). Because of that, we’ve been able to save more than if our expenses had remained the same.

4. I am more generous.

Somewhere along this journey, someone thought our story should be put into a book. So 5 years ago, we signed a book contract to write two books (The More of Less & The Minimalist Home).

Because this blog was covering our modest financial needs, we used the book money to start The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans that is currently working in 5 cities around the world to make a difference for orphaned children.

Earlier this year, we exceeded $1M raised to help orphaned children find families. This is something that would never have happened had it not been for minimalism 12 years ago.

5. I have better habits in my life.

Minimalism in my possessions resulted in countless other lifestyle changes in my life. When I became intentional with my belongings, I also became intentional with other daily practices: how I spend my time, how I care for my body, and how I seek to make the most of my life.

Would some of these habits of eating healthier, exercising more, and writing more have happened anyway in my life? Possibly, I suppose. But minimalism certainly brought them about sooner.

6. I don’t try to impress people with the things that I own.

12 years ago, I had three bookcases full of books in my office, even though I read less than half of them.

I remember one afternoon after finding minimalism looking at the shelves and realizing, “I keep these books only because they look impressive. I’m literally using unread books to impress people when they come in my office.”

It was a lightbulb moment for me.

I also realized, as I looked around my office, I had hung my diplomas on the wall behind me for that exact same reason. Now, I realize there are other people who have those items in their office for reasons other than the ones I recognized in myself.

But it was a significant changing point in my life when I recognized how I was trying to use stuff to impress others… rather than trying to impress people with the life that I lived.

I no longer try to impress people with the things that I own—whether it be books, clothes, cars, houses, or technology. There are much better, and more fulfilling ways to make an impression on peoples’ lives.

7. I have more time.

Excess possessions are a burden on our lives and schedules. They require cleaning and maintenance and organizing and repairing and replacing.

And that doesn’t even begin to mention all the time we spend working, just to make the money, to spend the time shopping, to buy the things that we bring home to clean and organize and manage and maintain and ultimately replace.

Owning fewer possessions has freed up my life for more important uses of my time. And removing the pursuit of accumulating possessions has freed up even more time.

8. I see the entire world differently.

I see culture differently. I see society differently. I see advertisements differently. I see marketing differently. I see shopping differently. I see money differently. I see work differently. I see people differently.

The way I see the entire world has changed dramatically since beginning to live a minimalist lifestyle. And that is no exaggeration. The way you see the world will change as well.

9. I have a new career.

12 years ago, I was a pastor and loving every minute of it. I had not chosen the job to get rich, I had chosen the career to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

As this blog grew and the time demands continued to increase, I was faced with a choice: choose one or the other. So seven years ago, I changed my job and the good I try to bring into this world. has been my full-time career for the last seven years. And I have no intention of quitting anytime soon. I love what I do.

10. I have seen much growth in the minimalist movement over the last 12 years.

When I started Becoming Minimalist 12 years ago, I don’t know of any other blogs or websites dedicated solely to minimalism. There were people writing about minimalism (Leo Babauta comes to mind), but nobody writing about it solely.

But over the last 12 years, things have changed dramatically. There are now countless blogs dedicated to minimalism. There are also countless YouTube channels, books, and social media accounts. You can even find a documentary on Netflix.

I am grateful that the movement continues to grow and stand proud with all the other writers and creators who have helped proclaim the message of living more by owning less.

11. My faith has grown.

My faith has always been important to me. As I explain in The More of Less, my spirituality has greatly influenced my understanding and practice of minimalism. But equally so, minimalism has influenced and grown my personal faith.

I have learned lessons about the intersection of faith and myself, the world, money, and possessions that I could not have learned through any path other than minimalism.

12. I love helping others own less.

Minimalism, at first, was just a personal journey. In fact, this blog, that now reaches 1-2M readers every month was started as just a personal diary. I wrote about cleaning out my office and closet, and the time I threw out my wife’s Jell-O molds.

But along the way, my focus changed. Rather than writing about my own journey, I began using this space and my experience to help others own less and live more.

Over the last 12 years, I’ve written four books, engaged with social mediastarted a magazinecreated an app, and launched a YouTube channel. Always with one goal in mind: help others discover and embrace minimalism.

I love the work that I do. And none of it would have happened without discovering minimalism, 12 years ago today.

Thank you so much for being a part of it.


Read or comment on Becoming Minimalist.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry’s shot alarms!


Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon’s sudden roar,
Or the drum’s redoubling beat.


But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.


All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!


Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.


Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

Your love

Psalm 89: 1-4, 14-18
1 Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.
16 They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17 For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18 Truly, the Lord is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Clean water

Canticle: A Song of Ezekiel
Ezekiel 36:24-28
I will take you from among all nations; *
and gather you from all lands to bring you home.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you; *
and purify you from false gods and uncleanness.
A new heart I will give you *
and a new spirit put within you.
I will take the stone heart from your chest *
and give you a heart of flesh.
I will help you walk in my laws *
and cherish my commandments and do them.
You shall be my people, *
and I will be your God.

Be joyful in God, all you lands

Psalm 66

1 Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
sing the glory of God’s Name;
sing the glory of God’s praise.
2 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! *
because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
3 All the earth bows down before you, *
sings to you, sings out your Name.”
4 Come now and see the works of God, *
how wonderful God’s actions toward all people.
5 God turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
and there we rejoiced in God.
6 In might God rules for ever
and keeps watch over the nations; *
let no rebel rise up against God.
7 Bless our God, you peoples; *
make the voice of praise to be heard.
8 God holds our souls in life, *
and will not allow our feet to slip.
9 For you, O God, have proved us; *
you have tried us just as silver is tried.
10 You brought us into the snare; *
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11 You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
which I promised with my lips
and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
with the smoke of rams; *
I will give you oxen and goats.
14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
and I will tell you what God has done for me.
15 I cried out with my mouth, *
and God’s praise was on my tongue.
16 If I had found evil in my heart, *
the Lord would not have heard me;
17 But in truth God has heard me *
and attended to the voice of my prayer.
18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
nor withheld steadfast love from me.

Beyond the wilderness

Exodus 3:1-12 (NRSV)
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the LORD said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

Friday, May 22, 2020

From Bishop Dabney of the Diocese of Southwest Florida


Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida

To the Clergy on the Feast of the Ascension           

Thursday, May 21, 2020

From the Collect for Ascension Day

“Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages….”

My dear friends,

As I said on our clergy Zoom call on the 19th of May, I was not making any changes regarding congregational gathering guidance but that the information could change the very next day: It did!

Yesterday the CDC released information regarding reopening of a variety of institutions and, of course, faith communities were omitted from the release.  Yesterday was also the day of the meeting I had with a number of Florida Judicatories including other Florida Episcopal Dioceses, multiple Presbyterian Church Presbyteries, the Florida Catholic Conference, the Lutheran Church, and the United Methodist Church. There was a great deal of commonality regarding the greater reopening of in person worship. The dates were everything from May 31 to the month of August. My two favorite takeaways were “Don’t be stupid” and “We love our neighbor by flattening the curve.” There was much more but you would find our own conversations well represented.

Therefore: Today I make these guidance recommendations recognizing that the requirements and recommendations from the Federal Government and the State of Florida could change and/or the local information about the COVID-19 could change and accelerate.
  1. May 31 – In person worship may be expanded to 25% of the Fire Department’s safe number certificate for the Sanctuary.  This is not a requirement. You may continue your current cautionary practices. The 25% continues the maintenance of 6 feet of physical distancing.
  2. Make very clear plans for facility cleaning and disinfecting before and after any and every function. Remove and store all hymnals, Books of Common Prayer, and other worship books and printed materials.
  3. Create carefully designed worship traffic patterns for gathering through the dismissal to help people avoid personal contact
  4. Masks are highly recommended.
  5. No hand shaking or hugs. Monastic reverent bows to one another are elegant gestures.
  6. Do not pass the collection plates. Provide specific places where offerings may be made without touching anything.  Encourage online giving.
  7. Morning Prayer is still a recommended “no touch” service.  Offer it with beauty. If offering Holy Communion, only the presiding priest should receive from the cup. Communicants will receive the blessed bread while standing. Hands must be washed and sanitized before the administration of communion.
  8. Be very careful about congregational singing. Use an extremely limited choral presentation from a very safe distance. No singing close to anyone else. You might choose to offer one verse of a hymn and invite humming or just listening.
  9. Pay attention to your buildings. The 25% guideline will not work if safe physical distancing will not work.
  10. You may always add more worship opportunities or provide out-of-doors opportunities.
Finally, be careful for the vulnerable. Some should be encouraged to remain at home. This may include some of the ordained. Look out and take care of each other. Remember:  we still do not have all the facts regarding the future unfolding of this pandemic. These guidelines can be changed at any time!  I ask you to consider your own health. If you are feeling depleted and need a break do not soldier on! You will not be able to continue ministering by burning out. Call me!

Thank you for your loving service. Remember, Christ always abides with us.

Yours in Our Lord,
The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith
Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida

Come and See

John 1:43-51 
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Battell Woods Flower Power

Battell Woods Flower Power

by Jeff Byers

One of the most convenient, and relatively easy (pretty flat, and not terribly technical) places to run is our own Battell Woods, right at the western edge of town. One small segment of this trail network is officially part of our beloved TAM, but it is crisscrossed and circled by a myriad of other trails, some heavily used, and others somewhat more faint. Other than the TAM itself, I am not sure who cut these trails, although I know that some local mountain bikers have been heavily involved in creating trails on nearby Chipman Hill, so I suspect that we have them to thank! Some folks may find the generally meandering nature of these trails a little bit disorienting, but that is a lot of the fun! Just remember, no matter where you leave the woods, you will still be in Middlebury, so relax, and see where you end up.

I decided to go for a run on this trail network, with nothing in particular in mind, other than stretching my legs out on the trails on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Usually, when I describe runs, I try to give at least a modestly detailed description of my route, in addition to the GPS track on Google Earth, but in a compact running area like the Battell Woods, with its infinite options, that would kind of defeat the purpose. I also remember another run I took here a few days ago. I stopped to converse with a walker (at a safe distance of course for Covid safety), and she asked me if I had seen any red trilliums. My initial response was no, I hadn't, but also mentioned that I would be unlikely to notice that particular flower, as to a person with red/green colorblindness (me), red trilliums would be pretty well camouflaged. But, on that run, I found myself looking around, admiring all of the early season wildflowers, so when I returned to run again today, I decided to photograph all the different wildflowers I found along the way.

Usually, when I am writing up a blog post, I do a little bit of research on whatever stream of consciousness I have decided to include. In this case however, I will confess that botany is NOT my strong suit, as I know almost nothing about the names of the flowers I photographed. So, if you are reading this, and know the names of any of the unidentified flowers whose pictures I have included, please leave a comment for other readers, as well as me.

And just so you know, I never did find any red trilliums. So, in no particular order, here are the flowers I found. If you want to make the pictures bigger, on a PC you can just right click/view image to have the picture fill the monitor screen,

Even I know Dandelions
Easy to find WHITE Trillium
These look like Buttercups to me.....
I have always called these "Wild Pansies" but I have no idea what their real name is
Unknown Flower 1
Unknown Flower 2
Unknown Flower 3
Unknown Flower 4
Unknown Flower 5
Unknown Flower 6 - standing above the Dandelions
Unknown Flower 7
Google Earth of the run