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Movement or Stillness, Destruction or Growth?

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” -- Cynthia Occelli Everywhere I look there are signs of spring. Facebook is … [Read More...]

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On Comparisons, Windows, and Distorted Reflections

“I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.” — Grandma Moses Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things […]

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On Hard Days, Staying Soft, and Walking Toward the Water

Sometimes you need a good, long cry in the car. The past few days have been hard. Really hard. That isn’t easy to write, but if I believe in authenticity and vulnerability as a writer (which I do) – and as a person (again, I do) – then I need to write about the good […]

The Things We Leave Behind

We are selling our house today. This is nothing earth-shattering about this. Houses are bought and sold every day. What makes this sale even less momentous is that we don’t even live there. It isn’t our home and it hasn’t been for the past six years. When we moved to the suburbs in 2009, we […]

Day 30: Community

This Place

  “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, “Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage” When I think of what I want most for my kids in their lifetimes, […]

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Quieting the Buzz of a Million Bees

The buzzing is so loud sometimes. So incredibly loud. Sometimes I wonder if we aren’t all little bees, buzzing away throughout our days, trying to please the queen and not sting anyone. The sting kills the bee, after all. We’re little bees, flying from flower to flower, from home to work and back again, in […]

What We Really Want to Hear

By now you can probably see – or more likely hear since they aren’t exactly quiet – that I have two boys. Yes, boys. Other than me and a spunky little dog, there are no girls in our family. This is not necessarily the way that I pictured our family looking (I’ll admit, I imagined […]

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Jumping In and Doing the Next Good Thing

I have spent hours of my life – maybe even days – staring into pools of cold water. As a former swimmer, most of my mornings during high school and college began with a two hour practice before the sun came up. My teammates and I would shuffle into the locker rooms in a half-asleep […]

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Talking to the Clouds

“You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.” ~Henry David Thoreau I believe in talking to the clouds. I believe that winter is too damn long, and that you can never have too much chocolate in the house. I believe that people are essentially good and kind and brave, but that being good and […]

Connection = Togetherness. Yes. Of course. Togetherness is the very foundation of connection, I think. But real connection becomes that much stronger when that sense of togetherness is EXPRESSED. Connection sometimes comes in tiniest packages, the smallest gestures, and the briefest of moments. (Day 13: Connection)

A Few Minutes

Note: The following comes from my Facebook post on Monday as part of my UU Lenten Photo Practice, with the word of CONNECTION. You can see the rest of my daily photos here. ************************************ “Connection – sacred connection – comes from a sense of togetherness in this slushy stew of life. “ — quote from Open […]

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One Extra Hour

One hour. I have just one hour. I spend a few minutes putting away groceries, a few more minutes returning some long overdue emails. 45 minutes left. Should I clean the kitchen? Should I write a blog post? Try to scribble a few notes for a chapter in the book I’m starting? Should I send […]