Choice and Willingness

With September here I feel a sense of beginning. It must be left over from years of school starting at this time. Maybe we are in the school of life always. When beginning anything, choice and willingness is embedded in it. That’s the subject for this month.  Phrasees posted on Facebook, September 2021 For me […]

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August

The farmer’s markets are in full swing. Fruit, vegetables and flowers are in glorious abundance. There’s a sense of plenty and also a sense that summer will soon be gone. Fruition and change rub against each other. They are truths lived simultaneously. There’s always some kind of August in our lives. It’ a good subject […]

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Good Things to Think

When another month arrived, and my thinking cap was a dust heap under the bed, I realized that the only course was to conjure up something good. Taking that literally the subject for July became “Good things to think”. I’ve always felt that a good thing to think is to trust that my heart can […]

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Gratitude

Gratitude    June is often known as the wedding month. Let’s be wedded the attitude of gratitude. It will be a faithful spouse and will not fail to bring us gifts of joy and peace. Phrases posted on Facebook, June 2021 So many thoughtful people have shared their thoughts about gratitude. Let’s mull and muse […]

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“This” and “That”

As if it were the day ahead of you, imagine a blank page. Imagine a black dot on that page. Think of that dot as a period, a metaphor to pause, a little time to take a breath and to be grateful. Soon you will see other black dots on the page. Draw a line […]

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Unfolding

When we are graced away from distractions and urgent busyness we might sense that there is an ongoing longing present inside us to unfold something that has waited for us to care enough to manifest it. It seems it takes grace to even begin to notice. Here’s a beautiful quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Many […]

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The Steps We Take

There are so many ways we step throughout our lives.  The English language expresses it well. Here are some thoughts to mull around stepping. Phrases posted on Facebook, March 2021 There are many ways to step “forward. It could be volunteering for something we care about, witnessing and revealing something that’s been wrong and hidden, […]

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Journeying in Place

For so many staying put is now a way of life. Protecting ourselves from the Covid 19 virus we keep excursions out into the world at a minimum. Doesn’t it seem natural then to focus on inner journeys and destinations that are about qualities of being that we hope to cultivate and embody? Any journey […]

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Compassion and Kindness

What to mull the last month of the year? I want to return to what we all need–compassion and kindness for others and ourselves in these challenging days. Here’s Henri Nouwen: “The joy that compassion brings is one of the best-kept secrets of humanity . . . a secret known to only a very few […]

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What Do We Listen To?

We are on tenterhooks. The election is tomorrow. Our focus is on what we hear and fear. And yet we must focus on our own lives as well. What do we listen to and follow? In the word fear is the word ear. In the word heart are the words hear and ear. Through which […]

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