Author Archives: Sylvia Swanson

Mountain Wilderness

There is a beautiful story in Howard Thurman’s “Meditations of the Heart” that describes his unique climbing experience with a different kind of mountain wilderness. The following is his story in my words. Howard climbed until he was above the … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Pleasures

My husband held out the phone to me saying, “It’s a hospital nurse calling.” We had been waiting for the results of my COVID-19 test. I felt my heart rate increase as I held the phone and listened. Several days … Continue reading

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Finding Hope

Yesterday (4-20-20), after calling my doctor with flu-like symptoms, I was given an appointment time and told to go to the drive-through COVID-19 testing center outside Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. Following instructions, I sat in the back seat behind … Continue reading

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Bossy Pants

We live in a condo community that features several small lakes. Our second-story home overlooks Lake Jasmine, where we can watch a variety of ducks and other birds feed and interact – it can be quite entertaining. I have a … Continue reading

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Seeing Clearly

In the middle of a worldwide health crisis, clear vision is difficult. Watching too much news blurs our vision, making it hard to see what is really happening below the surface, and within each of us. If we broaden our … Continue reading

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Comforting Ourselves When We’re Most Uncomfortable

Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, we are given numerous opportunities to be uncomfortable in an intense way none of us has experienced before. But along with this we are given an opportunity to dig deep into our … Continue reading

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Choosing Not To Live In Fear

Between national media presentations, community news, and panicked neighbors, it is easy to get swept away in fear from the coronavirus. Behavior and decisions that come out of reactive fear are never wise or thoughtful, and can even be destructive. … Continue reading

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Color’s Gifts

After a tiring 13-hour plane ride to Singapore, I gratefully exited the plane and wearily walked into the airport, hoping it wouldn’t take too long to find my luggage and hotel. After the dull colors in the airplane, I was … Continue reading

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A Message From Wild Blueberries

Have you ever had the fun of picking wild blueberries? I grew up in theMidwest where they flourish and, if my brother and I picked enough, Mom would turn them into a pie. It was hard to pick enough because … Continue reading

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Finding Beauty

It is both profound and uplifting to see beauty in people and the worldaround us. If our definition of beauty is narrow, we might agree with MissPiggy from The Muppets who says, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, … Continue reading

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