Women Folk

I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known. … More Women Folk

LISTEN

Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows. Native American Proverb Time spent worrying about the next steps and places on the journey can expend an extraordinary amount of energy. In reflection, we see it wasn’t really the worrying that propelled the change, but rather, … More LISTEN

In Every Step…

Every step you take should be a prayer. And if every step you take is a prayer, then you will always be walking in a sacred manner. -Oglala Lakota Holyman On this eve of a new year, we pause in quiet reflection. We may recall blended moments of both joy and sadness. And only with … More In Every Step…

Table of Blessings

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. Native American proverb~ When we live in gratitude, every day has space for thanks giving.  Yet do we set that time aside to just sit, to just be?  Do we pray and sing and lift our blessings, our thanks, to a Greater Spirit? Tomorrow is the … More Table of Blessings

The Lens

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Aristotle Dedicated to Michael T. Heston – Brigadier General, U.S. Army, my lifelong friend since we were kids on that campus by the ocean, connected through all the years in between and now both, by some crazy mix of luck and … More The Lens

Lily Pad Days

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and … More Lily Pad Days

True Grit

Dedicated to my mother, Gracie, on this Mother’s Day … she loved her westerns and cowboys, too! “…If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of … More True Grit

Saturday in the Park

“People dancing, people laughing. A man selling ice cream. Singing Italian songs. Everybody is another. Can you dig it (yes, I can). And I’ve been waiting such a long time…for Saturday.”  Saturday in the Park, Chicago, 1973 Just thinking of the combination – the beautiful blend of the year, my age, a new bike. Freedom. … More Saturday in the Park

Simplicity

Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Amen Tucked away somewhere under the boxes and bags, the tinsel and lights – there really is a December simplicity. We hardly ever give it … More Simplicity

Providence 

Providence — the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen … More Providence