Focusing Curiosity on Integrity

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“Gentle curiosity has a mysterious way of opening hearts; alternatively, harsh judgment tends to close them. “   I describe myself as a person who loves to garden. And there’s lots of evidence from my past that supports that statement.At the same time, curiously, when we moved to Austin, we elected to live in a condominium with only patio space for gardening.Also curious is the fact that presently most of my plants are dying.As Alice says, “Curiouser and curiouser.”Years ago, w … [Read more...]

Pack lightly and carry a big heart

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Packing this week, okay, this month, for this pilgrimage has been an interesting exercise in self-reflection.My gathering theme has become: pack light and carry a big heart.Linguistically, it has the same rhythm of that old saying:  Walk softly and carry a big stickThough I remembered that saying from a movie decades old it looks like the saying had more noble origins. Years ago I heard Oprah say that women have so many clothes in their closets because they are dressing … [Read more...]

Listening broadly

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"We see God all around us, and learn to look for God in unusual places."This beautiful post by a fellow Patheos blogger, Enuma Okoro, reminded me of the gift of seeing broadly, of seeing God in life encounters…Here’s the story of two other women, Naomi and Ruth, who listened broadly… “It is no mistake that the two books named for women in the Bible, Ruth and Esther, have a similar sense of God at work.  In both books, God is more the undercurrent than the obvious force, more the One who … [Read more...]


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