1-1-22. Step. Step. Step-step. Step-step. New day, new year. 1-1-22…. Feels like…baby steps. Unsure at first, then gaining momentum. Inching toward… the future. A better year? A promising new time? Can we let go of the bitterness and division and see our future together as an alternative to our demise in divided isolation? Time will … More A New Dance
“Throw a pebble in the water, and make a wave, make a wave…”~ Demi Lovato Some people are just wired to be kind. It’s like breathing, for them, an effortless part of their being that just happens. We all know these people – sometimes we don’t know that we know them, until we do. Sometimes … More Waves of Kindness
Starting over isn’t easy. It doesn’t mean going back to your past to re-create it. It means deciding who you want to be, what you want to be, NEXT, then believing THAT. The past cannot be undone, and reliving past events, whether joy-filled or horrible, does nothing to move you into your future. Allow the … More What Is Your “If”?
Know what this is? It’s a fairly new emoji on my iPhone (can you see it?). I’m told it’s supposed to be a hug (it comes up as a suggested emoji for “hug” in my predictive text), but it’s…a shadow. A shadow hug. How perfect for our times, now. We can’t hug, not really, because … More Shadow Hugs
I have written a post about “The Day After” before, after the Camp Fire destroyed my hometown of Paradise, California, in November, 2018. Devastated, I spoke of that loss and the need for strength, of the resilience that was needed for those of us who stayed in Paradise or planned to return to rebuild. It … More The Day After
1/4/2021 How excited I am to not write ”2020” as a year marker! …weird that I thought, like most of us, perhaps, that 2020 would be a year of clarity. And, in many ways, it was, though not the clarity we sought or imagined. Just as the Bible speaks of seeing “through a glass darkly,” … More From clarity to vision…let us begin.
Holy cow….this has been the longest year ever. So many events globally. So much chaos and also SO much potential for positive change. I am exhausted but hopeful for the next trip around the sun. I look to the future with hope and affirmation of its potential, and I commit to taking the lessons I … More As Within, So Without
It’s two days before Christmas; tonight will be “Christmas Eve Eve.” I am reminded that the journey to Bethlehem was short by today’s traveling standards – just under six miles – but Mary was pregnant, and their mode of travel was walking and occasionally riding a young donkey; it must have felt as if it … More Christmas Eve Eve
Two years. Weird, that it seems more like ten years now – of course, 2020 has been ten years long, right?—but then, when I reflect on “that day” it comes back like it just happened. Weird. It was – about now, 3 p.m.— that I finally arrived in Chico from Paradise. It was a three … More It’s “that day” — again.
It gets harder and harder. Sleep is not deep or restful. Days are long, but somehow, weeks and months are short (how is it possible that this is the middle of September?). When our country was attacked by an enemy outside our shore, we came together and responded as one community. Pearl Harbor. 9/11. There … More The World is Dark. I am Not.