Days of their Lives

Sixty years ago today ~ June 8, 1955 ~ my mom and dad stood together in a small, white clapboard church pledging they would love each other for better or worse, rich or poor. Don slipped a diamond ring on Erma’s finger, then lifted her veil to kiss her and everyone smiled, as they do &hellip Continue reading »

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Write by the Sea Retreat

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” &hellip Continue reading »

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Be the change.

He stands alone on the curb; an island beside a river of drivers intent upon their own heroic mission…a place to be, a task to complete, a deal to transact, a person to meet, a shopping list to fill. Although I catch barely a glimpse of his solitary shape through the traffic, I recognize the &hellip Continue reading »

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Love beyond words

“Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.” ~Henri Nouwen     I am feeling particularly loved today. And so, particularly joyful. One of the most cherished gifts I have received was when my dearest girlfriend looked &hellip Continue reading »

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Pass the feather, please

“Storytelling is the most ancient form of education. It is about the remembering, making, and sharing of images that bind together time, nature and people. Stories, like the sacred plants, are medicine and food come from the Earth. They remind us that we do not stand alone.  Through them, we live in the body of &hellip Continue reading »

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In the Haitian mountains

Our next three days in the villages surrounding Mombin Crochu gave us all so much to think about… In Logat, Elio opened his home to host one of our workshops. Made of hardened mud, painted white, with bright blue doors and hung with sheer blue curtains, the home was obviously well cared for. Sardined tightly &hellip Continue reading »

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What’s in a name?

It showed up in my Inbox one morning last week…a Google alert left over from the days when I was promoting my book and watching for mentions of my name or the book’s title in the media.  This time, though, the alert was a sombre announcement.  Apparently, I had died and was to be cremated &hellip Continue reading »

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Finding Common Ground

Few weeks ago, we helped prepare and serve a meal at a local homeless shelter. This was new territory for me, like visiting a strange country. Truthfully, my own life of wealth left me feeling lacking. What did I know of their days; of the choice and challenge they faced in each one of them? &hellip Continue reading »

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