Be Still

My daughter is learning to nap. Again. Not on a shoulder or on a lap. But in her crib, with a stuffed wolf and a pacifier. To fall asleep on her own; To quiet her mind and her body and her mouth – practicing, practicing, ready to talk; To turn away for a few moments [Read More...]

Plenty and Then Some

This blog post, and the excerpts of a sermon on which this blog post is based, are both inspired by a song, “Help Somebody,” by Susan Werner. “I got plenty and then some….what do I do?” I can not get this song out of my head, once it’s in there…and because of this refrain, I [Read More...]

Please

Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found this morning.  Tonight we poured out our stories and our songs, our prayers and our tears. Tonight we reminded each other that we are loved and loving, that our lives have value and are valued by each other.   Tonight we [Read More...]

Companions on the journey

“May beauty and passion and compassion be our companions. May we be fully alive.  Amen.”                     ~Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie (Healing Places, 9/14/2014) Keep the faith, beloveds. Keep showing up. Keep paying attention. Keep speaking your truth.   Because we have changed, the world is changed. And you are not alone… #blacklivesmatter #FergusonOctober #MoralMonday #Not1More [Read More...]

Who Do You Listen To?

Who do you let in? These days we have lots of options for who and what we listen to. We can opt to experience constant input at every moment, via the television, radio, internet, cable, social media, on our phones, in our cars, even–yes, I confess, I’ve done it more than once–glancing at things online [Read More...]

Moving at the speed of gratitude

This morning Sitting with the grief of more painful news I pick up my pen And begin moving at the speed of gratitude For a community that holds each other in sorrow and in rage For the light that wakes us and nourishes creation For the dark that heals us and rests the world Today I commit [Read More...]

Surf

Whoever it was that said grief comes in waves knows what it is to stand in my kitchen on a glorious late-September afternoon at the beginning of apple season. My hand spins the food mill round and round. Rich, warm sauce drips into the bowl. And I weep. [Read more...]

What To Do With Privilege After Ferguson

When I went to Ferguson I thought I had something to offer. I was wrong. There was nothing for me to offer. When I was immersed in hundreds of voices chanting “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” I raised my white hands. I raised my white voice. But all the while I knew that the pain and [Read More...]

An invitation to the party (haiku)

Your experience Bound with collective vision Shapes our work today Courage, friends! [Read more...]

Recipe

Amidst the din of global news and professional things-to-do, one of my great joys and daily forms of calming-my-soul-and-mind the past several weeks has been the recipe. What a wonderful meditative act it is to read someone else’s orderly list of instructions, to follow them as closely as possible while personalizing them as appropriate and [Read More...]


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