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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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Wholehearted Instructions for the New Year

Wholehearted Instructions for the New Year

Wholehearted Instructions for The New Year Wrap yourself in fierce tenderness. Perhaps a hand-knit shawl, a sweet song, a hug, a dog’s face sniffing and licking your tears, or the trusting hand of a small child. Nourish yourself with teas, soups, brisk outdoor walks, and lengthy meditations. Write yourself a letter from a beloved ancestor, […]

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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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What I Am Learning These Days

What I Am Learning These Days

What I am Learning These Days It is okay not to be okay. These are rough times. The uncertainty present moving forward in the seemingly never ending season of Covid,  the spread of misinformation, the deep need for racial healing, divisions in the country, climate change and more.  This is a whole lot on the […]

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Rewilding. Natural Processes to Shape Our Lives.

Rewilding. Natural Processes to Shape Our Lives.

The sun warm, the breeze cool, I prepare the yard in our city neighborhood for winter. I plant tulip bulbs that have multiplied from an Easter plant alongside the walkway leading up to our front porch. Alongside this walk, the Shasta daisies are dried and stalky. The hostas wilted, appear weary and sprawl towards the […]

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My Autumn List for Wellbeing!

My Autumn List for Wellbeing!

I enjoy lists. Not merely for tasks, but also to remind myself to prioritize relationships and wellness. Discovering Bullet Journaling in 2018 led me into a whole different realm of managing my self directed life with a mindfulness based approach that incorporates goal setting with self reflection and journaling. https://bulletjournal.com/ I strive to create lists […]

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Fall Equinox: Finding Balance and Blessing.

Fall Equinox: Finding Balance and Blessing.

Happy Fall Equinox! Like many folks in the Northern Hemisphere, I celebrate the turning of the Celtic Wheel. These past seasons of Covid, with political polarization and now the Delta variant that brings with it, rising Covid numbers and ongoing uncertainty, I am drawn towards seeking stability, grounding and connection. For over eighteen months, I […]

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9/11/2001, 20 Years Later.

9/11/2001, 20 Years Later.

Brilliant fall mornings hold excitement and possibility in the air. The newness of the school year combined with the shift in schedules reorient us in a different direction after the slower pace of summer. Twenty years ago, the crew and passengers of Flights 11. 77, 175 and Flight 93 likely had some version of this […]

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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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