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Two Sticks and a Saturday Evening Post

My younger self would have balked. A beautiful late spring Saturday evening and what were my plans? Church and getting groceries? What kind of life is that? But then my younger mind’s eye couldn’t have seen what I’d encounter along the way.  Everyday mysteries.  Inspirations unfold when you are present to receive them. Earlier that […]

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The Cloud of Unknowing

Just now, installing an update to this Word Press blog, I came across this quote I’d saved in a draft back in December when I was blogging daily. It’s from the French poet, Andre Gide:  “Do not think your truth can be found by anyone else.” Days of exhaustion do come up when I reach […]

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We are not in charge here.

Thursday, after weeks of dryness, it snowed again. Just in time for closing weekends of the ski resorts  in Northern New Mexico. A little “tease” from Mother Nature or final gift? Here in the “moisture challenged” Southwest, we welcome whatever moisture comes, whenever.  I saw snow melting around dandelions this morning; that made me smile. […]

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Gotta Start Somewhere

After posting for twenty-three days in a row in December — leading up to Christmas Eve, my blog fell into a deep freeze for the winter! Halfway through Lent and not a peep, until now. Well, I had my reasons, namely that my partner had a stroke on January 15th. Let’s just say the new […]

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The Little Bagpipe Boy – Being Yourself is the Best Present.

It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve.  There is a “to-do” list tomorrow.  However, I feel no stress or anxiety around these things. Whenever I have come home to Chicago around the holidays, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, adrenaline rush: getting from here to there, playing Santa for my elderly parents, getting all the […]

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Spiritual Mathematics

In my years in a yoga spiritual community, I was encouraged to study the Spiritual Diary of Paramahansa Yogananda. He had been an early teacher of my former meditation master. Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, Yogananda had suggested that December 23rd be used as a “spiritual Christmas” for all devotees of Christ, to be spent […]

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Mother Mary and the Solstice Birthday

I took this photo three years ago, the last time I was in for my mother’s Solstice birthday.  I’d given her a copy of my friend Mirabai Starr’s and Fr. William Hart McNichols’ book, Mother of God: Similar to Fire, which Mom keeps close at hand to this day, on her coffee table. Today that table is chock-full of Christmas and […]

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Spread the Good News

Arriving in Chicago tonight, I was greeted by good news on the nightly news.  A spree of Christmas angels have been gracing department stores like K-mart and Walmart. By anonymously paying off the balances for folks laying away toys and clothing for children, these angels spread the true meaning of the season.  The television news […]

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Peace – by any other name – is peace.

Shalom. Peace. Al-Salam. I took this photo in Brooklyn, New York, in September 2001. Peace, by any other name, is still peace. God, by any other name, is still God. ** Today I head for the travel zone, first leg of the pilgrimage home to Chicago for Christmas. It can be a challenge to infuse […]

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Find God in yourself, and find yourself in God…

Wednesdays: the “hump” day – seems to be the busiest day of the week.  Today I turn for inspiration to Fr. Richard Rohr, founder of The Center for Action and Contemplation, based in Albuquerque, NM.  cac.org Richard Rohr’s little book, Preparing for Christmas, was my Advent gift to self this year.  Turning to it today was a […]

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