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Forty Days

February 2nd is a day with many names that speak of the return of light. Next Tuesday marks 40 days since the Winter Solstice as we arrive at the midpoint between the longest day of darkness and 40 more days until the return of light – the Spring Equinox March 20th. Thousands of years ago […]

Goodnight Ritual

Remember the delightful children’s bedtime book Goodnight Moon? Years ago I created my own good-night ritual that is simple and soothing. As I snuggle under the heavy comforter and close my eyes, a silent and thankful review of the day begins. The idea of journaling five gratitudes at day’s end always seemed like a good […]

Life-Changing Magic

The words Life-Changing Magic in the title of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, grabbed my attention. Then, she challenged me to look at my belongings with this question: “Does an item spark joy? If it does, keep it; if it doesn’t, throw it away.” I began her method and sorted through […]

A Special Tree

On a recent magical mystical trip to Sedona with fabulous friends Misty and Cynthia, Misty and I shared stories about when we met and became close friends 18 years ago. One of Misty’s memories: I would stop talking in mid-sentence; do a swirl gesture with my hand; then say… “and that’s a story I don’t […]

Threshold 70

Making a collage for the new year is one way that I visualize my intentions for the next year. This year my intentions extend throughout the second half of life. Born under the sign of the fish, I will turn 70 this year. I think sacred intentions are not like wishes or “head goals”, but […]

One Light

Before Thanksgiving, I was on a week-end retreat with nine other women at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse located in eastern Kentucky. The Catholic Sisters have lived on the land for over 200 years. On Saturday evening, four of us drove a short distance on the curvy country roads to the Abbey of Gethsemani where […]

Open Your Eyes

The novel All the Light We Cannot See tells the story of a motherless blind French girl and a German orphan boy during the occupation of France in WWII. A phrase repeated throughout the book sparked deeper reflection. Open your eyes to see what you can with them before they close forever. If I say […]

Mystery

For a week in May, I returned to a remote south Texas desert for my eighth solitude retreat at a House of Prayer. Immersed in natural beauty, I hoped that Mystery might find me there listening in the silence at the place I call my spiritual home. When I arrived at the doorway to the […]

Certitude

Summer is a season of abundance as each day lulls me into the illusion that the beauty of bountiful flowers will remain. The bright, bold red and orange zinnias, lemon-yellow marigolds mixed with purple snapdragon bouquets grace my home with their perky little nods of splendor. Flowers fade. Wait… I haven’t fully enjoyed your beauty! […]

A Lesson in Humility

Slow down. You move too fast. Simon & Garfunkel’s lyrics played in my head a few days after Easter Saturday. That was the day that I stumbled and fell on my condo sidewalk an hour before leaving for the airport to visit my daughter. In a flash, humiliation flooded over me. Then the telephone of […]