deep breaths

On some days this world seems harsh and unloving.  We have forgotten to listen to others, ourselves, and the Love that holds us all together.  I have been sitting quietly with myself and reading some of the mystic mothers that wrote about our God… and writing prayers of my own.  May you sit with these words…

rainbows of love

Today is Coming Out Day. And while there is more freedom to come out that there was in 1939, it still isn’t safe for many of our LGBTQ friends to simply be themselves.  Here in the US, they can face discrimination and hate from their very own family and “friends”.  In other parts of the world,…

5 on 5: september

I have missed the last few months of our 5 on 5 blogroll.  I was in a bit of a funk due to some scanning issues I was having.  Thankfully, my sweet husband bought me a new scanner for my birthday.  It not only got me scanning some very old rolls, but it got me…

hope quote

Thomas Merton has a hope quote that I love.  I could remember part of it, but not the whole quote. It was driving me crazy.  I knew it was in No Man Is an Island, but I could not remember where. I searched the Hope chapter again and again, without any luck.  I gave up…

simple prayers

At the beginning and end of my personal prayer time, my time with directees, and when I am facilitating group spiritual direction, I pray the same two prayers.  I am sure I have posted them on my blog before, but they seem to be just the prayers my heart is needing these days.  They are…

gift of freedom

Walter Brueggemann is an incredible theologian and writer.  My teacher gave me this poem last weekend and I keep going back to it. May it bless you as it has blessed me. We would as soon you were stable and reliable. We would as soon you were predictable and always the same toward us. We…

5 on 5: July

I have been in a major photography funk.  I missed last month’s 5 on 5 and am barely making it this month.  The only reason I have picked up my camera is a weekly blog I do with my friend, Meg. To be honest, I have been so deep into the funk, I haven’t even…

5 on 5: May

Life has been full.  It has been full of good things, but it the business of it all can still be overwhelming at times. We have had so many BIG life moments in my home, it has had my head spinning a bit.  I haven’t picked up my camera much lately, but I do have…

underneath the mess

Cleaning out my closet is not one of my favorite things to do. It seems overwhelming and takes me days to find the gumption to do it. But, when I am done, there is nothing like the clean floor, easy to find coats and scarves, and the neat line of matched shoes.  One of my…

5 on 5: March

I am totally breaking my own rules for this month’s 5 on 5.  I usually post my favorites from the previous month, but these photos were taken in April.  On April 2nd, my daughter became engaged.  It was a big day for all of us.  We love her beau so much and are so excited to…

my hope tree

Each year the Japanese Magnolia blooms in late January or early February and each year I document it with both my digital and film cameras.  I love my hope tree, who right in the middle of winter and while empty of leaves, blooms the most glorious large white flowers.  The symbolism isn’t lost on me….

5 on 5: February

I have just returned from an epic trip to Iceland.  Real life has me running and I haven’t been able to scan my film or get the images off my camera yet.  I do, however, have some iPhone images from the trip that hold some of my favorite memories from the trip.   For more…