freedom to fly

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” ― Toni Morrison One of my favorite Saints is St Clare of Assisi. Her morning gratitude was said to be, “My Lord, I thank you for having created me.” A few years ago, when I discovered that her feast day was […]

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accepting the unacceptable

Some things in life are easy to accept; spilled milk, a burned dish, or getting the wrong order at your favorite coffee shop. Others are more difficult to accept; a broken bone, harsh words that hurt, canceled plans with a friend. Then, there are times when life gives you the unacceptable; the sudden death of […]

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winter warmth

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell There are many of my friends that have been covered in snow and cold today. And while a little of my […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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tree of hope

My tree is blooming and is covered in pink and white.  I am not sure I have seen her so full. She must be loving all this rain. I am reminded each year, as she blooms in the middle of winter, that when life is at its darkest the most growth can be done.  Hope […]

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