12 on 12

For the last six years, a group of women photographers and myself have shared our five favorite photos from the previous month on the fifth of the month. We called our project “5 on 5”.   We loved the project, but this year wanted to try something new.  This year we will be posting 12 images on…

in the rain

My Japanese Magnolia is blooming. And it is finally raining. Two of my favorite things are happening at once, and it makes my heart so happy.  Here are two poems or prayers I am enjoying right now during my morning practice with a few images of my Japanese Magnolia in the rain. A Blessing for…

Gaudete Sunday

Today is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent when we celebrate the hopeful cry, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.”  It is an interesting proclaim as we are in the middle of Advent’s darkness, isn’t it? How many of us, while in darkness and question and pain want to proclaim joy?  For…

yellow

This month, the ladies and I decided to look for yellow.  I was sure I would find some yellow in my own yard. Sometimes it was obvious. Sometimes I had to really look close. Sometimes it was under my feet. Others it was hiding behind some green. But my favorite was when I found it…

sweet dani sara

My middle daughter, Dani Sara, has a birthday today.  She is a woman that continues to enlighten, inspire, and encourage me to be a better human every day. Here are some of my favorite photos I have taken of her in the past. While she is lovely on the outside, to me her soul’s grace…

red

We decided to change our normal 5 on 5 blogroll this month. While we usually look back and find our five favorite images, we decided to find red in the month of October.    I went through my Iceland film images and found little pops of red. It was an interesting practice to back and look…

singing bowl

I can’t seem to get enough of Malcolm Guite these days.   I discovered him because of a sermon I heard him preach. I then listened to many of his teachings and sermons, still not realizing what a gifted poet he was.  While listening to a podcast of him being interviewed, I finally caught on to what…

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…