Planting Seeds

When I was a farmer, I used to spend every spring planting seeds. The tools, of course, were so much more sophisticated than centuries ago when humans moved from their hunter and gatherer state to the agrarian state, but still it struck me as a relatively boring task. What kept me engaged though was realizing [Read More...]

What We Learn From Despair

I always find it interesting to watch what the media pays attention to. Recently we’ve witnessed the horror and the shame of what took place in Ferguson Missouri, as a result of one police officer’s decision to shoot – and ultimately kill – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man. It was a horrendous act, [Read More...]

Living the Menu of Life

Recently a friend of mine shared with me one of the lessons she’s been learning as she embarks on a new life with her partner. The two of them are quite different, and they love each other deeply. They are the yin to each other’s yang. But it’s only through the opportunity of living together [Read More...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the best-loved fairy tales, and the first feature-length film Walt Disney ever did, was Snow White. It’s a typical tale of a girl who finds her Prince Charming, but as with all good fairy tales that have stood the test of time, there are truths embedded in the story. Snow White has an [Read More...]

Plugged In

Recently, I was walking down a city street when I saw a 60-something woman outside a coffee shop with her two grandchildren. The children were under age five, and chatting away with each other. What struck me about this little tableau was how 2014 it was. The grandmother was checking her smartphone. How times have [Read More...]

Being Raggedy Ann in a Barbie World

Have you ever felt out-of-place in social situations? I have. A friend once said she often felt “like a house dress in an evening gown world.” Talk about feeling out of place! Imagine showing up for a party in very casual, knock-around-the-house clothes, only to discover it was a black-tie affair. NOT pretty! First let [Read More...]

What’s to like about beauty?

It’s summer, and if there is one thing we know about summer it’s that beauty seems to be everywhere. Summer is nature’s ode to the energy that has been put in through the rains of spring. Everything in life blooms with possibilities. We are able to relax and take hold for a period of time [Read More...]

The Lessons of Fear

How many times have you been afraid? And when you have been afraid, what action did you take? My hope is that you’ve been afraid more times than you can think, and while you may not be able to say this of every occasion more often than not you took action to overcome the fear [Read More...]

Oh God, What to call it?

My favorite name for Divinity is “The Thing Itself.” The phrase reminds me that I don’t know exactly what it is, other than that it is a great and wonderful mystery I attempt to point to with words such as wisdom, love, power, energy, omnipresence, beauty, allness, creative intelligence, or mind, among other terms. Or, [Read More...]

Pride is a Many Splendored Thing

The conversation is turning. Only a decade ago religious ministers across North America who chose to speak about gay rights did so largely from a place of opposition. Now the tide is turning. This week, the Methodist church chose to reinstate one of its ministers who only six months earlier was defrocked for officiating at [Read More...]


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