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Answering Invitations

There are many ways invitations reach our souls, encouraging healing, growth, and creativity. Sometimes they arrive by means of a spiritual scavenger hunt. This process can unfold without my awareness at first. All I may have done is merely look…

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Redistribution of Personal Energy

Some problems can become all consuming in a flash. If the difficulty feels chronic, or the issue presents itself as urgent, how easy it is to make it our singular focus. We investigate it, parse it out, get as clear…

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The Bridge Between Patience and Acceptance

Sometimes it's painful to remain patient — hoping a situation will change for the better, when there is little to no evidence that real transformation is underway or even possible. 

Sometimes it’s painful to accept that all hope is gone…

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The Heart-Brain Friendship

On a recent family bike ride my 8 year old daughter, peddling alongside me, said with discovery and excitement,  “Mom, I think the heart and brain are best friends!  Do you know why?”  I replied, “No, why?”  She continued, “Because…

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To See and Be Seen

Recently I was talking to a friend about the impact of a good mother — how a good mother affirms a child with loving insights into the child’s preciousness, innate beauty, and unique giftedness. This is something I miss from…

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Some Small Gain

Part of me is a prairie girl at heart, revealed by my affection for the “Little House on the Prairie” series, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the subsequent TV show, as well as trips to places such as Walnut…

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Sitting With Pain

Here it is Good Friday, in the Christian tradition — a religion that spans about one third of the world’s population. Many have grown up hearing the intense story of Jesus' final day on earth — the cruelty, the agony…

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Patience With a Purpose

Almost five years ago my family moved into our current home.  We’re the second owners of this 42-year-old house.  Upon our arrival the entire inside was calling for fresh paint and various updates.  As any homeowner knows, making improvements can…

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Love Responds

I don't know why the design of life is such that things like pandemics happen. I had a philosophy teacher once tell me that in order for there to truly be love, there needs to be freedom – freedom to…

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Trauma and Triumph

These are strange times. Yet despite how unusual this Covid-19 crisis feels, there is also a remote familiarity to what we are going through, based on our collective human history of enduring periods of widespread suffering. 

At a minimum, we…

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