Pack lightly and carry a big heart

packing

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 stick Though 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...]

Meeting myself again for the first time

moist and green

Something is up.  I’m not sure what, but something is up. I just get the feeling. Maybe it’s Jesus’ wisdom “To whom much is given, much is required.” (Luke 12:48) I love my work right now; it is a gift. Yet, the question rises: what might be shifting? I love my husband of 33 years. He is a gift. Is my marriage changing,too? I love our children and new granddaughter.  They are gifts. How can I love them better? Interestingly, this trip is a gift that my work and calling … [Read more...]


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