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It was just a photo, that’s all just a photo – a photo of a young man in uniform hanging in a frame in a living room window. What was it about that photo that grabbed at my heart? What was it about that photo that created a deep chasm in my soul? What was [...]

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  In the Jewish tradition when someone dies, friends and family often leave a stone at the grave. There are several reasons for this, but for me, because stones don’t die, I find them to be a reminder that a gravesite is a holy place. Lately, I’ve been discovering some Facebook posts are holy places [...]

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  Lessons abound each day … opportunities to develop spiritually; be challenged intellectually; discover things about other people, about God, about ourselves. Sometimes, learning is rich and wonderful, exciting and a gift; sometimes learning is difficult, discouraging and yes, even hurtful  The question is, who would want to live a life where there was no personal [...]

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We all grieve.  Some grieve privately; some grieve publicly; some grieve when and where they need to; some have short moments when they allow themselves to grieve; and some shove their grief down deep inside them and carry on only to find the grief erupting years/decades later in unsuspecting ways. When we don’t find ways [...]

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Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.   Some say that Reginald is ugly.  Plain, ordinary, ugly. His legs are bowed.  His arms are pudgy.  His ears are big.  His body is out of shape.  His eyes bulge.  His ears are large – very large.  He’s the size of a three year old [...]

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Greetings of Happy New Year abound on the Internet, in the streets, shops, phone calls.  A smile is on the face, hope in the heart, optimism in the stride.  A new year is here – time to begin anew.  And so we hope … make resolutionsthat will lead us to say or do those things [...]

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ARE THE WATERS OF YOUR LIFE RISING? I remember that time well.  My place of employment was vandalized – again.   This time, they pushed a hose through the bathroom window next to my office, turned on the faucet and disappeared as water poured into my office other parts of the building.  That experience became an [...]

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Sunny.  It’s a name that suits my friend well. Her easy, friendly manner encourages smiling responses in those she meets.  Her patient, open acceptance of others, her loving nature and grace blesses those who encounter her.  She brings sunshine in her every step. Yes, Sunny is well named. Each time I encounter Sunny, I find [...]

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My mother was an artist. A blank canvas would become majestic mountains, resplendent flowers and appealing landscapes under her creative touch. From her, I learned many of life’s lessons. One day, she explained the importance of the shadows (the dark areas) around an object. “Shadows”, she said “are just as integral as are the highlights.” [...]

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I love learning – no, scratch that.  I’m passionate about learning. Each day I try to learn something new.  Some days the learning is huge. Other days it’s subtle. Some days, the learning is about me – what I believe – who I am – things I need to work on. Some days, the learning is about [...]

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I first heard the words from Sarah in a small northern Alaskan village where I was serving as a consultant with the Episcopal Church.  The tiny, elderly, native woman spoke them slowly and carefully, all the while looking directly in my eyes. “How deeply you are connected to my soul, June.” I was taken aback.  [...]

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summer’s night sun dips beneath horizon reminder one day closes new day begins and soon new possibilities

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In today’s world, there is much that seems to create an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, loneliness, alienation of spirit. If part of the reason each of us is here on planet earth is to develop into the fullest human being we possibly can and if it is true that human beings are created as body, [...]

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The busyness of life grabs at us … the anxiety produced by the seemingly never-ending economic woes with predictions of recession and depression scream at us on the evening news. No time. No energy. No creative juice. No zest for life. “What’s the balance?” Maybe it’s in giving ourselves permission to be a human “be-ing” [...]

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Adapting the following meditation (written for a retreat years ago) for personal use can easily be done – by changing the “you” to “me” etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ May the God of WONDER be with you, delighting you with thunder and eagle’s swoops, sunrises, daisies, songs and baby’s laughter, enchanting your senses, filling your heart and giving [...]

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how do i know when god speaks is god the voice deep within the thought that flits through my head the heartbeat that races the questions the answers is it any of these none of these all of these is it really god – holy other – creator – spirit or is it simply me [...]

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She was a child who loved to create!   Colours in her paintings, unusual shapes in her designs, and making squiggles on paper that became flowers and patterns and who-knows-what in her young imaginative mind delighted her heart and mind and soul. But the day came when her teacher didn’t “see” what the child saw and [...]

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What’s so holy about rusty chains?  What prompted me to take its picture?  Why was it important to include its shadow in the picture? As I downloaded the photos from my camera onto my computer, I heard myself asking these questions … and out of those questions came the reminder that holiness lies not just [...]

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I watched in wonder as the snow descended on the bush outside my office window and a snowbird magically and gradually formed out of the bush. Rushing to get my camera, I realized that the snowbird captured the essence of the Season of Wonder, Joy, Awe and Peace.    May the New Year brim with creativity, [...]

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What do I see through the fog-of-life? How can clarity be mine – clarity of belief – clarity of relationship – clarity of self-knowing? So simple, really. Just be. For in the be-ing 
there is seeing. In the seeing 
there is knowing. May be-ing 
be my everyday existence; May seeing 
become my reality; May knowing [...]

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