Category Archives: Spiritual

Making sense of vacations

What do you tell people when you return from vacation? Perhaps a tale of something gone wrong, like the painful encounter with the Viennese train police a few minutes after our 72 hr travel card had expired. Perhaps a blow-your-socks-off … Continue reading

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Synchronicity (#1) – The perfect words arrive at the perfect time

When my own words fail me, I seek others with greater  talents. When you look, you find. It happens all the time. And so it was again this past week when a dear friend lost her brother. It’s sad, it’s painful, … Continue reading

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Day 4 – “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”

Mamie called to check in with us. She bypassed hello and went straight to “I was hoping Mildred would show up someday”. The spirit-filled grandmother of the 5 angels in my care spoke a truth, that made my heart skip a … Continue reading

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Checked-off goals — is that enough?

Goals, objectives, and to-do lists propel me in a productive, forward-motion trajectory. That’s my training. That’s my modus operandi. That’s my inclination. After all, that’s how things get done in the world, right? I don’t subscribe to the bumper sticker … Continue reading

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Just the right balance. What does that look like?

The most delicious days on my calendar are those that have some breathing room sprinkled in amongst activities I’ve planned. Getting just the right balance is a tricky maneuver. It’s rather like riding my bike with no hands. It feels … Continue reading

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Why do I despair and then thank the potholes in my life?

“Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.” – Epictetus, The Art of Living (A New … Continue reading

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Staring down the mammo biopsy monsters

Friday night at the women’s retreat, Barbara Crafton urged us that “now is the time to erect a spiritual life – don’t’ wait until tragedy strikes, because it strikes us all”. As I heard these words, my Monday annual mammogram … Continue reading

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