Love as a pool of water

Love as a pool of water

“I didn’t get much done that day,” said my sister. She was describing a day in which she went to church, paid a visit to her in-laws and drove her brother-in-law for an hour so he could catch his train home. She meant that she didn’t get much crossed off her to do...

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the blessing of you

the blessing of you

I’ve been listening to a person in my life tell me some difficult stories about what’s going on with them. I’m trying to learn how to listen with compassion without getting caught up. There is nothing I can do except to listen. It doesn’t feel like much, but it is...

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The blessing of color

The blessing of color

I love playing with rainbows. My husband taught me the acronym ROY G BIV. It stands for the colors of the rainbow: read, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. (Fun fact: it was Isaac Newton who decided we should divide the spectrum into seven colors.) I use...

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the blessing of breath

the blessing of breath

My breathing is “compromised” these days. I can’t get a deep enough breath to finish a sentence. When I sing, I just hit some of the notes while I spend others inhaling. Every other night I use a BiPAP machine. (I wish it were every night, but the mask damages my...

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reinventing my painting practice

reinventing my painting practice

One of the things I am reinventing this month is my art practice. I think wistfully about the days when I could just pick up a brush and make a “mess painting.” I would wet the brush and then wet each oval in my watercolor set. That would wake up the paint. Then I...

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Want change? Don’t panic.

Want change? Don’t panic.

Suppose one day you find yourself in a dark and musky wood thinking your life must be otherwise and you'd change it if only you could resist the urge to scream and run or to jump and thrash around rather sit straight and just gently breathe let your thoughts flutter...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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