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Books that are emotionally engaging, passionately crafted, and infused with hope.

Ordinary Grace

Yesterday, my book club faced the new reality. We had a phone conference book club meeting. It went surprisingly well. While some chose not to participate, those of us who did found a comfortable space to shelter us. We heard the familiar voices we heard every month. We dove into the story, the messages, the…

The Breath of Kindness

What can we ever give to another more sacred and more loving than acceptance of who they are and what they bring to our life.   Oh, the inexpressible comfort of  feeling safe with a person: having  neither to weigh thoughts nor  measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are—-chaff and grain…

Something Just Right

I hope you have a mug that fits your hands just right. One you can wrap both hands around and warm your fingers clear through as you savor your morning brew. Holding that warm, just-right mug in your hands, You can watch the sunrise growing loud with vibrant colors that fade quietly into a fragile…

“How all Creatures Share an Equality of Being.”

Meister Eckhart was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic. Among his many inspiring sermons and writings he wrote one entitled, “How all Creatures Share an Equality of Being.” In that sermon he wrote that animals do not love half-halfheartedly. He pointed out that we have a deep level of shared energies, and shared being with…

New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year’s Resolutions Do you make New Year’s resolutions? That deep-felt sincere intention to do something different, something new or stop something not helpful? The mindfulness movement is everywhere these days. It can overwhelm us with its “shoulds”. The message is old and repeated through many approaches and schools of thought. We are commanded to…

Lighting the Bayberry Candle

Lighting the Bayberry Candle In our family we have a tradition of lighting a bayberry candle on New Year’s Eve. This tradition is very old and may have originated with the early colonists. Because it came from my MacGregor grandmother’s traditions, we always associated it with our Scottish heritage. In the tradition, the candle is…

A Holiday Message of Hope and Kindness

Hope this years holiday message finds you with a few moments to read and savoir the words, the message and the hope of the holidays.   The days fold in upon themselves. Daylight hours diminish. The colors of our world Shift from gold to silver And Winter’s mage wind Sweeps into Our homes, Our hearts,…

A CRUEL MYSTERY

A CRUEL MYSTERY             “I will tell you not what you want to hear, but what I know to be true because I have lived it. This truth will trouble you, but in the end, you cannot be free without it, because you know it already, your body knows it already.” Arthur Franks, The Wounded…

A Simple Ceremony

Simple rituals take a moment, an ordinary moment, and bring us into its presence. We are for the moment with the moment. Drawn by some gesture, a phrase, a simple ceremony like lighting a candle My friend of German heritage always reaches for the hands of those around the table and as we follow his…