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Every Day Civil Graces

“The time is always right to do the right thing. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. I have observed a few things and maybe needed to include them in The Civil Graces Project. These are basic things, but apparently, they aren’t clear to all by what we continue to see. Like Life’s Little Instruction … Read More Every Day Civil Graces

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Manifesting Our Destiny

“We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” -Abraham Lincoln Like many, my eyes watched the disturbing images at the Capitol today. My heart is breaking for our … Read More Manifesting Our Destiny

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Excess Baggage

“No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History Where do we stand? It all depends on our vantage point. In the final weeks of the transformative year 2020, it feels … Read More Excess Baggage

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Instruments of Peace

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt In my writings, I often refer to the big table where we gathered when I was growing up. This is where we would do our homework, play games, and do art projects. Anything and everything happening in … Read More Instruments of Peace

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Discerning our Place

“It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift and giftedness come alive. Your heart quickens and the urgency of living rekindles your creativity.”― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom In light of all that is happening, you may feel like I do at … Read More Discerning our Place

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Gratitude is enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie One of my favorite memories was teaching my gravy-loving son the alchemy of how the gravy is made. He was so excited to see the magic. Tomorrow … Read More Gratitude is enough

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Reclaiming Our Power

“Diverse groups that figure out how to cooperate outperform and outlast groups that don’t…Social virtues such as trust and generosity and compassion may seem like they’re for suckers, but in fact, they’re for winners. They help groups cohere in ways that enable all members to survive and thrive and the group to endure.” -Eric Liu, You’re More Powerful Than You Think I have been reading … Read More Reclaiming Our Power

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Rewriting our Story

“What you do for yourself dies with you when you leave this world; what you do for others lives on forever.” ―Sir Ken Robinson This past week was a real defining moment for our country. We went through a roller coaster ride of the election, followed by a sudden announcement this weekend of the new President-elect Joe Biden. Kamala Harris, our new Vice President-elect … Read More Rewriting our Story

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Into the Heart

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? We have all known the long loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” -Dorothy Day There is a lot of conversation these days about empathy–the lack of … Read More Into the Heart

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Opening to Possibilities

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo One of my favorite things to do on a weekend morning was to get a good cup of coffee and curl up with a stack of magazines and newspapers. Looking through the images and articles, I would find inspiration and … Read More Opening to Possibilities

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Revealing Our Inner Shine

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the Change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is to polish our silver. I have vintage pieces all over my house as decor because … Read More Revealing Our Inner Shine

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underneath it all

“The question is how our own meanings are related to those of the universe as a whole. We could say that our action toward the whole universe is a result of what it means to be us.” ― David Bohm All my life, I have tried to understand the underlying meaning in things–to answer the question, “What is the lesson?” Whether something went well … Read More underneath it all