Simple Prayer, Profound Meditation

please… please.. please…please. I whispered the words softly, quietly. As I stood in the bridal waiting room at the back of the church, ten years ago, ready to step out to a church filled with family and friends where my soon-to-be-husband was standing at the altar, I breathed those simple words. Please. Please. Please. I [Read More...]

What Bowling Taught Me About Patience

A couple of week’s ago, on a cold Chicago afternoon, after being cooped up for most of the week, my husband and I looked at each other and said, “Let’s go bowling.” Now, nothing says wholesome family fun quite like putting on some smelly communal shoes and listening to drunk men swear at the football [Read More...]

On Building Bridges

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton About five years ago, I sat in church one cold and dreary Sunday morning while our pastor, Jennifer, talked about bridges. I came into church that morning a little lost, a little frustrated, and utterly exhausted. I didn’t really want to be there and [Read More...]

Beauty of the Season? Really?

I did not plan to write this post. In fact, I had intended to write something very, very different. Given that this weekend marks the winter solstice, I had wanted to write something poignant and insightful about the beauty of the season. I wanted to write about the joys that winter brings, about sledding and [Read More...]

The Language of Faith

Last Sunday, while out to lunch with my husband and two young kids, we passed the time waiting for our food by playing Mad Libs. As you might remember, Mad Libs is a word game where one player asks another player to provide a particular kind of word – noun, verb, adjective, etc. – to [Read More...]

Arguing Over the Light

All religions, all this singing, 
one song. Rumi
 1. A poet I met once, Leslie Scalapino, said “stay in continual conceptual rebellion.” She thought we must “re-form” our minds, “make it new, every day,” as Pound put it, or fall for the snake oil routines of all the drummers and askers around us. “No” to [Read More...]

Softballing with Spinoza

If a triangle could speak, it would say . . . that God is eminently triangular, while a circle would say that the divine nature is eminently circular. Thus each would ascribe to God its own attributes, would assume itself to be like God, and look on everything else as ill-shaped. ~ Baruch Spinoza I [Read More...]

Bodhidharma Proposes to the Wall

Bodhidharma sat there, they say, nine years, but you know how they talk. Bodhidharma there to wonder why he thinks this could be different from that. To wonder what it might have been we think differentiates one depth from another. Isn’t that the secret? Bodhidharma said to the wall. You won’t know your self until [Read More...]

Serious Life

Life, you’ve noticed, is serious. In all seriousness, it kicks your butt, then, in all seriousness laughs about it. Life is serious. Life has at least two suits and a hundred pairs of shoes. Life spends its waking hours worried; vigilant; staring. Life won’t take “no” as answer. Life takes no prisoners. Except when it [Read More...]

Beauty Today

Tomorrow is the first day of  Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Central Pennsylvania, yesterday felt bitterly cold and we  had several inches of snow. Yesterday was winter, and the weather forecasters say that it may be wintery again tonight with cold temperatures and more snow.  But today the sun is out, the snow [Read More...]


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