The Turning

A small globe on a bookshelf in my workspace catches my eye. I pick it up and feel connected with the realization that all of humankind is fastened to the earth, a whirling sphere suspended in the inky black universe. We are tethered to our world composed of forests and deserts, mountains and plains, water [Read More...]

Ministers of Love

From the pages of my journal this morning a few spontaneous thoughts on what it means to serve through a ministry of Love… Seek ways to fearlessly express God’s Love. Be love. Preach love. Celebrate love. Serve love as a Sacrament. Express love. Inspire love. Reveal love. Seek love. Serve love. Embrace love. Nurture love. Live [Read More...]

The Demise of Mystery

I recently returned from leading a pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral. For one week my colleague and I and women pilgrims from the U.S. and Canada, were immersed in the sacred history, architecture, story, and beauty of the ancient earthly reliquary, the living shrine, dedicated to Notre-Dame de Chartres (Our Lady of Chartres). This was my [Read More...]

Seasons

In this sacred time of Holy Week I am contemplating the themes of death and resurrection. It’s as if there are particular seasons in my life when it becomes painfully clear that certain ways of living, being, or doing are not serving what God is calling forth. It’s as if suddenly I am shaken to [Read More...]

The Promise of Pilgrimage

Chartres Cathedral has been a destination for spiritual seekers, pilgrims, and journeyers for centuries. My first pilgrimage to Chartres catapulted my sacred imagination into a numinous place of wonderment. The smell of incense filled my nostrils. I remember the cool touch of the massive stone pillars as I leaned against them to catch sight of [Read More...]

Creativity as Sacrament: Visual Prayer Reflection

When I was writing my historical novel, Ink and Honey, I was immersed in the medieval, European, monastic world. As the story (centering around a young woman scribe) developed I became increasingly passionate about the sacred art of illuminated manuscripts. The crafting of illuminations, the colorful and carefully articulated illustrations made by the scribes of [Read More...]

Creativity as Sacrament: Harvesting the Journal

Inspiration is a miraculous phenomena. This morning I was looking through my photos, the way one sorts through twigs and branches in search of useful kindling to build a fire. I was seeking fuel,  to stoke my creative fire, to write a new post for this blog. In my search I came upon many images [Read More...]

Writing as Sacred Practice

Since the release of my novel, Ink and Honey, readers have been asking about my writing process.  Questions have run the gamut from…. “How long did it take to write your book?” to  “What about rituals?  Do you have any rituals when you write?” The latter question inspired me to give serious thought to the spiritual and [Read More...]

The Life-giving Sustenance of Intentional Community

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”    Jane Howard I came across the above quote this morning and found myself saying out loud…”Yes!” Yes, it’s a vital human need to feel part of a community. [Read More...]

Ancient Wisdom to Bless the Creative Spirit

My curiosity regarding the discovery of long lost artifacts influenced my writing of Ink and Honey, a historical novel. I carry the bone deep belief that ancient feminine wisdom is hidden away in various places in the world, awaiting uncovering, and reclaiming by the women of today.  How might the unearthing of this long forgotten knowledge, the age-old stories [Read More...]


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