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Sacred Idleness

The skies were grey, the wind steady, and the rain constant throughout the day. Project plans were set aside and my husband and I decided to nourish ourselves with a day of sacred idleness. That meant sharing thoughts uninterrupted, spending … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Every January brings the gift of a new year, every sunrise brings the gift of a new day, every breath brings the gift of the present moment. And with each new beginning, we open ourselves up to new delights and … Continue reading

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Honoring Our Feelings

As human beings we experience an array of feelings ranging from simple to complex. Feelings are not valid or invalid; good or bad; they simply are part of life. When we are brave enough to slow down and mindfully listen, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Blessing

A few years ago I wrote this Christmas blessing, and we now read it every December. John O’Donohue defines a blessing as, “A circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen them.” And so this year … Continue reading

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Changing the Present — Giving Differently

Slowing down and savoring the present moment is a challenge in December. In recent years my family collectively decided to change the way we conduct our holiday gift-giving to one another: from a practice that usually involved extensive shopping to … Continue reading

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No Matter What

Hello holidays! Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here. When you think about the holidays do you feel tension and stress, or excitement and joyful anticipation? For many of us the holidays are a combination of both. Perhaps a good place … Continue reading

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Finding Home — Friendship House

Sometimes life challenges us to a long search before we find what we need, and sometimes it takes a while to make what we have found our own. This is especially important when we are creating a home. Home isn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Thanking Ourselves

Many of us grew up with the parental admonition to say “thank you” when receiving a kindness. In turn, we instruct our children to do the same. To stop there leaves out something important – thanking ourselves for what we … Continue reading

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Everyday Success and Ripples

Our American culture defines success in terms of power, prestige, and money, which deprives the term of its greater meaning. Ralph Waldo Emerson writes this definition of success: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people … Continue reading

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Share a Laugh

Being part of the Friends After Diagnosis women’s cancer support group means we share some of life’s toughest moments with each other. When we arrive at a meeting, we know there will be kindness, support, encouragement, education, and laughter. No … Continue reading

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