Category: civil graces

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Inter-dependence Day

“Individual liberty and interdependence are both essential for life in society.” -Mahatma Gandhi We are celebrating inter-dependence today instead of independence. My husband, Vince, and I talk about the big questions all the time…like any of us, we have experienced the joys, celebrations, trials, and heartbreak of life. We realize as human beings, we are far from perfect ourselves. It’s like the ideas which … Read More Inter-dependence Day

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Nesting in Place

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” — Pema Chodron As we have been more close to nature these past weeks, I find all sorts of empty nests on the path of my morning walk. Each nest is very different from the next, and I am amazed by the skill and resourcefulness of … Read More Nesting in Place

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holding our sacred space

It is, therefore, the sacred duty of every individual human soul to be utterly and completely itself—to be that jewel at that time and in that place, and to be that jewel utterly. It is in this way—merely by being itself—that one jewel holds together its own particular corner of Space and Time. The action of each individual soul holds together the entire net. … Read More holding our sacred space

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the eye of the needle

You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness. -Rumi As I ponder the current situation of the world, I ride the space between two worlds: the fear and sorrow of loss, and the wonderment of the gift to create a new world with all we have discovered. Deciding what … Read More the eye of the needle

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Bearing our crown

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”― William Shakespeare We have been “social distancing” for a while and now are in quarantine due to this coronavirus. It has been a trying time for all of us. Hospitals and medical providers are carrying the brunt of this crisis. Schools and universities are closed. Even our churches have closed. All the spaces we go to … Read More Bearing our crown

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Perfect Vision

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung The dawn of the decade, 2020, has always had some mystical energy. It was predicted to be a time of great transformation. Just the numbers themselves are symbolic in many ways, but the most common is a measurement of perfect … Read More Perfect Vision

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Compassion

“Life is short, and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” -Henri Frederic Amiel This quote above is on my kitchen shelf, and it is one of the first things I see each day as I make the morning coffee. It … Read More Compassion

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Confidence

Etymology: from Latin confidentia, from confidere ‘have full trust’  “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”  -Marie Curie When you are born into a huge family, people often say strange things to you as a kid. … Read More Confidence

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A day of reflection

“Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good … Read More A day of reflection

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Inspiration

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” Robert F. Kennedy What would it mean if we couldn’t breathe? That is a reasonably simple question because physiologically, we all know that we would cease to be. I remember as a kid the fearful feeling of having the wind knocked out of … Read More Inspiration

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Perseverance

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” -E.E. Cummings Isn’t it interesting the things we choose to remember in our lives? For instance, one of my earliest memories of school was in kindergarten, happily coloring away with a green crayon, only to look up and realize everyone else had followed the direction … Read More Perseverance

Merry Christmas!!

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol