Messiness Can Be Beautiful

Five days ago we returned from a road trip vacation where we drove entirely around Lake Michigan, camped half of the time (once in the rain!), and enjoyed adventures that involved two other great lakes, Huron and Superior. It was…

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Choosing A Perspective

The word perspective has a few meanings. One, pertaining to drawing, is to give an accurate impression and location of an item in relation to another, when viewed from a particular point. It also means to look through or closely…

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Like Bing ~ A Song

For this post I’m featuring the song “Like Bing,” in honor of my dad, who died 13 years ago this month. “Like Bing” is a tune that captures my appreciation for the classy era of performers my parents enjoyed and…

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Make it a Good Apology

What a difference a good apology can make in our relationships!  Though actions do speak louder, words certainly help start the healing.  An apology that begins with “I’m sorry YOU feel…” just doesn’t cut it.  The word “you” should never…

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Meeting with Possibilities

Like many people, I tend to gravitate toward what comes easily to me.  Writing, singing, and learning about spirituality fell into that category early on in my life.  What has not been quite so automatic, however, is playing guitar at…

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God is Like a Good Mother

…The scriptures today use a common metaphor that we’ve likely heard before: God is a good shepherd who tends to his sheep.  That comparison would have been profound in the time of Jesus, as sheep were abundant in the Holy…

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Relationship Inventory

Years ago someone told me that instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions, he would do a Relationship Inventory.  Many of us may already do something like this once in a while, without realizing it.  Yet there is something powerful about…

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Feel the Sun ~ A Song

The lead track on my last album is called “Feel the Sun.”  I wrote it at time when I was coping with deep loss, alongside dealing with a very distressing situation that spanned months.  I was exhausted and depleted.  Time…

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Simplifying a Space

Anyone close to me knows I value clutter-free spaces, despite my abilities to keep them that way.  In our US culture, many of us have some “burden” of stuff, which is clearly a first world problem.  In my case, I…

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Metanoia ~ A Song

“Metanoia” is the name of a song released on my last album.  It’s also a Greek word that denotes conversion.  Literally it means “beyond the mind” and, in graduate studies, my teacher said the essence of the term is to…

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Having a Spiritual Practice

I’ve always been drawn to spirituality and exploring the big questions of life.  It’s fun (yes, fun) for me to contemplate the divine and bask in awe and wonder.  Such metaphysical pondering  makes me become conscious of something greater than…

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Ashes ~ A Song

I wrote a song called “Ashes,” recorded on my album, "Calling Deep."  It’s about hope, despite devastation, for something new to somehow be created out of the remains of broken dreams, broken hearts, broken lives and death itself.  It applies…

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