How the Light Gets In

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My “summer” ended with my reading the long-awaited publication of the Louise Penny mystery, How the Light Gets In.  With great skill the author claims the chorus from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” as the metaphor for the way that humans keep working for good, despite our fragility and brokenness:                          Ring the bells that still can [Read More...]

Morning Glory Season

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The culture is in its annual Ramping Up Season frenzy: Fantasy Football, Blessing of the Backpacks, Back to School Sales, Homecoming Sunday, recipes for Fall (now that the season or berries, cherries and peaches is over). None of those seasons shape my life currently. Nor does the weather in Southern California; the textbook seasons seem [Read More...]

Spiritual Companion: A Creature Wide and Small

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Here in mid-August I have been left behind by my nearby and family and friends who are off adventuring, and have been entrusted with the care of Linus, my 11 year old  grand-dog. I learned to love dogs in the early years of my marriage, but those dogs were all beautifully long, leggy and adventurous, [Read More...]

Pray As you Can, Not As You Can’t

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I am some one for whom prayer is an organic practice. I continue to teach people how to pray. Yet in these past weeks, I have been stopped short by my body, and my mind and spirit have come tumbling after. I am participating with health care givers in my healing of back and leg [Read More...]

Acquainted with Sorrow

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Since my summer practice is to be present, I cannot avoid being present to the pain and sorrow that come into my  awareness. This week, my heart was broken first for the families of the two teenage girls from China, having sent their daughters off for an enriching and spiritually deepening experience in the United [Read More...]

Talking the Talk

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A gift of summer that comes to me is leisurely time for sacred conversation.  In the altered pace of life in summer, there seem to be more opportunities for a piece of those endless talks that might be a turning point or a moment of “aha” in the spiritual journey, just because the schedule has [Read More...]

Celebrating a Place in the Band

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I visited another city this week, attended a church of another denomination for worship. Among, and maybe central, to the joy of the experience, was worshiping with the leadership of a clergywoman decades younger than I am, who was full of Spirit–energy, imagination, gifts and a sense of the Holy. As I watched and listened [Read More...]

Practicing Presence

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I am so easily distracted! I find it so hard to be where I am without being seven other places at once. I sit down in church, and while the hymn is being sung, I am looking ahead at what is next, or noting how well the worship leader is executing the ritual, or remembering [Read More...]

Eyes of the Heart: A Book Review

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Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valters Paintner A Book Review Here is a welcome addition to the books that teach us how to avail ourselves of the Beauty of Holiness through art forms. Christine Valters Paintner, a prolific writer in the arena of spirituality, takes the time and the care to model and to [Read More...]

Surprising Spirit!

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Pentecost came this Sunday! I have been eager for its celebration this year, but I was finding few resources in poetry and picture that captured what to me was the most intriguing and hopeful gift that the Spirit brings–the element of Surprise. Our preacher began her sermon Sunday, and I was delighted to hear her [Read More...]


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