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International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022

  “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” ― Muriel Rukeyser   The International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrates the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural, and political fields. As well as marking the day, Women’s Equality Action Day calls for accelerating the advancement […]

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NOTHING IS NORMAL. PANDEMIC MUSINGS

NOTHING IS NORMAL. PANDEMIC MUSINGS

  A friend posted this a few days back and it captured perfectly my sense of myself and the current state of affairs in January 2022 two years fully into the pandemic with no clear end in sight. ************************* January in Southwest Pa. the nights are dark and long, the days cold and gray. The […]

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The Medicine of Tenderness

The Medicine of Tenderness

  WHEN THE HOLY THAWS A woman’s body, like the earth, has seasons; when the mountain stream flows, when the holy thaws,when I am most fragile and in need, it was then, it seemed, God came closest. God, like a medic on a field, is tending our souls. Our horns get locked with desires, but […]

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Summer. What’s Next Ain’t Easy.

Summer   Summer. The Joys/dreams/memories and longings of summer. It seems the pace of life slows down, perhaps this allows us to savor both sunrise and sunset. At sunrise, the morning birdsong and at sunset, the hum of insects serenade us in a Symphony of the Species that occasionally, depending on location, can include bullfrogs, […]

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Questions for the Other Side Of Covid. Please Respond.

Questions for the Other Side Of Covid. Please Respond.

  Nationally, regionally and locally, we are not anywhere near herd immunity with Covid, but we are gradually opening up and releasing restrictions in the early summer months of 2021. I have become quite accustomed to some practices and have some inquiries around this bridge time. Here are my questions: Are we all still hiking? […]

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When Life feels Undone: A List for Restoration

When Life feels Undone: A List for Restoration

Well, here we are in 2021. Barely a week into the year, we have a coup, the virus still rages, it is January and visiting family means we brace ourselves into engaging in cold weather activities. Life feels undone and this unraveling feels like it stretches way into the unforeseeable future. Feeling all the things […]

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Blessing #12

Blessing #12

Blessing # 12 May you seek the stillness necessary to feel truth only to find love here as well. May you speak truth accompanied by love. May you embody this truth through your thoughts, words and actions. May you invite vulnerability as the path to authenticity and integrity. May you witness your attachments and reactivity […]

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Blessing #9. Holy Imagination. Holy Heartbreak. Holy Rebellion!

Blessing #9. Holy Imagination. Holy Heartbreak. Holy Rebellion!

    Holy Imagination May you vision, dream, and  imagine that which nourishes, nurtures and sustains you and your beloved ones. May your radical creativity be a wellspring for Justice. May emergent strategies keep your heart/mind/body fresh and full of hope.   Holy Heartbreak May you embody the courage to face your suffering and that […]

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Blessing # 8 Liminal Space

Blessing # 8 Liminal Space

  Here we are, for better or worse, navigating through the escalating numbers of the Coronavirus and the polarizing political environment. Dear Ones,  This is so hard. Be tender with how and where you offer your heart. Here is the Blessing I am offering in this liminal/in between space that is occupied by all layers […]

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