A Letter of Gratitude to 2014

Dear 2014, You were a year with a number of life stressors which put my husband and me dangerously high on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale.  Although in the midst of this, I realize the heightened importance of using the gift of gratitude to combat cynicism and protect my joy.  Among the dross that […] Read more…

The Second Half…

  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver Something about turning 40 ignited a huge shift in my perspective.  It occurs to me that this may be the often touted “mid-life crisis” – though I would change the word “crisis” to “transition” – a mid-life […] Read more…

Evaluating When to “Let it Go”

Life has determined it may be time to let go of some things, and rather than viewing it resistantly as an unpleasantry, I am choosing to view it as an opportunity.  An opportunity to reevaluate in life the objects, dreams, and entitlements (like how I spend my time or money) that I am choosing to fill my well of desires.  An opportunity […] Read more…

When I Touch the Fringe of His Cloak

This morning, I was reading in Matthew 9 about the hemorrhaging woman who touched the fringe of Jesus’ cloak and had Him turn to her and proclaim that through her faith, she was healed.  Being a woman who occasionally finds value in engaging the imagination in contemplative practices, I took the opportunity to put myself […] Read more…

Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy!

Leo Tolstoy:  186 years young today!  Happy Birthday to my favorite Russian author!  …which, if I’m to be honest, really only means I prefer him over Dostoevsky. To “commemorate” this day, I considered reading one of his short stories, however, I’ve opted instead to mention a much lesser known, but a favorite gems from my bookshelf, Song […] Read more…

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