December 26, 2019

It's been a great Christmas so far.

I've heard from many friends after the recent Tennessean article that wound up on yesterday's front page. Not long ago, it wasn't as easy for me to be vulnerable and to tell people I was sometimes "pissed" and overwhelmed after Dori died, too often judgmental of others, and all the other fun things I continue to work on unpacking.

I appreciate each and every comment from friends ... sharing that you plan to serve more regularly, slow down, breathe and meet more people in person, and...

July 15, 2019

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Luke 10:27, Parable of the Good Samaritan

Sometimes, I think we're living in two worlds.

One is at the church, temple, mosque or place of worship, where we hear the Good News or guidance from our holy books, knowing that many if not most teachings from different religions are very similar. You know ... Love your neighbor. Love and worship one God. The belief in an a...

February 17, 2019

“I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” – Donald Trump, June 2015

Sitting in church this morning, I heard, “God is love. God is not fear.”

It made me contemplate last week and the last few years. One of my favorite morning prayers and reflections includes:

“Breathe in love, breathe out fear.”

We see a lot of fear daily - on c...

September 9, 2018

The only thing we have to fear … is fear itself. - FDR

There’s a scene in Rocky III (not my favorite Rocky movie, more at the end.) where Rocky’s wife Adrian confronts him after he has lost his edge, his work ethic … the “eye of the tiger.” I think we’ve all been there, to some extent.

After Rocky attempts to run from the confrontation, explaining he doesn’t believe in himself anymore and doesn’t want to lose everything, Adrian says, “That’s not it!! Why don’t you tell me the truth!! … What’s the truth, dammit?”

“I’M A...

July 1, 2018

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”– Ram Dass 

Do you feel off when you stop exercising for a day or two? I do - my mind becomes a bowl of mush.

Yesterday and today, despite the heat, I decided to hike an area gem, Radnor Lake State Park, to get away from ever-present technology and to work up a sweat, and do something about the mush. 

Radnor’s trails never fail. Canopies of trees created a cathedral of shade and relief from the burning sun. Fellow hikers shared smiles and hellos. Owls hooted, chipmunks da...

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