October now. Its’ wool sweaters, shorter days, darker nights and dropping temperatures direct me toward quiet and reflection; toward the winter that is coming both literally and metaphorically. I move my down jackets to the center of the closet, and put my mittens and scarves within easy reach. I light a candle. I open my …

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Shame.  The feeling that we are somehow less than others.  That no matter how hard we try, we will never be enough.  That we don’t just occasionally “do” wrong things…we were born a wrong thing.  When we feel shame we feel hopeless – because there’s no antidote for shame.  Sin and error can be forgiven. …

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Draw alongside

…Draw alongside the silence of stone Until it’s calmness can claim you.  Be excessively gentle with yourself… (excerpt from John O’Donohue’s blessing For the One Who is Exhausted) The lockdown that started in the spring of 2020 brought a variety of effects, responses, voids, and awakenings. Whenever I find myself reflecting with friends about an event …

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One of my favorite people in the world is someone I never met. Well, in person that is. I did meet with him on a daily basis as a child on our family’s black and white television.

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