Fish Fudge and the Quality of Silence (#SmallWonder Link-up)

My husband loves seafood - shrimp, scallops, crabs - you name it, he loves it.  But he absolutely adores Salmon.  He calls it "Fish Fudge."  

I don't love seafood.  At best, I tolerate it.  The idea of Fish Fudge, just the very idea, makes me want to vomit a little bit in my mouth.  But he says it's smooth and rich like fudge and since he likes fudge and fish, the image works for him.  

I visited the Still Waters this week in anticipation of a writing retreat Shawn Smucker and I will be leading there on October 15.  Still Waters is a privately owned retreat house located outside of Carlisle, PA along the Conodoguinet creek.  

Although I've attended numerous day events there and overnighted once, it had been more than a year since I was last there.  The moment I walked in, I thought, "Ah, it's been too long."  

There's a quality of silence at Still Waters that's absolutely stunning.  It's as though the silence has meat to it, a fullness of body, something like Silence Fudge maybe.  I'm very grateful to the owners, the late Sanford Alwine and his wife Lois, who left me a lovely note of greeting, for envisioning and sharing this space with the local community.  

Monday afternoon I made a hot cup of tea, sat for awhile, prayed and worked on some editing.  Mostly, though, I enjoyed the velvety silence of the air around me and gave thanks for the opportunity to be there.  I took some pictures of the beautiful space to share with you too.  Enjoy!    

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Author, Shawn Smucker and I are offering a one-day retreat this coming October 15 in Carlisle, PA.  Titled, Writing As Witness, we will explore the ways writing can position us to witness the presence of God in our own lives and in the world.  Visit link to learn more.  
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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.  

What if we chose to deliberately look for small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God?  

That's my proposal - that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  You're invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don't worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right - you're welcome to come as you are.  

While you're here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.  Thanks for being part of our community!  


  1. It's been awhile since I experienced "silence fudge" but you're making it sound so delicious!

  2. I’ve never had salmon but the idea of fish fudge doesn’t appeal to me either. ha. Maybe I’d love it though; one day I’ll try. What a beautiful welcoming space you were in! Makes my soul breathe deeper.

  3. Oh, Kelly, that looks like such a perfect place. 'Silence Fudge' indeed. (We had salmon this's the Pacific Northwest; we eat it pretty often).
    So wish I could clone myself and sneak in next month. May God bring His glory down in a tangible, sweet way.

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