How can we be of service? This surprised me.

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On a Saturday, I unexpectedly became a part of a miracle. At an Alaskan women’s summit workshop, I learned we would be of service to two young women, and split into teams. Saint Vincent de Paul, a Catholic priest who lived in France in the late 1800s, came to mind. He believed in the reciprocity that can occur …

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Risking Connections

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I’d been living too fast, again. Busyness threatened my health and well-being. Putting my home up for sale, a demanding work life in communications and public affairs for a school district with unpredictable events requiring immediate reaction, and too many volunteer commitments were desensitizing and destabilizing my foundation. Increased global …

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Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God book

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O garden-dweller, my friends are listening for your voice, let me hear it! – Song of Solomon 8:13 Surprise greeted me this morning, when I was drawn to open the second book I wrote, Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God, and spend time thumbing through the pages. …

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Unleash, Let Go

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The first half of our life is a journey spent acquiring, and holding on. We long for security, safety, assurances he or she will be faithful, our life will be steady, our purpose fulfilled. In my twenties, when I first intentionally engaged a focused spiritual practice, I learned terms such …

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Savor Lent, Savor Life, 2013 daily life retreat

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For the next forty days I promise to do my best to post a daily meditation for the purpose of pause and ponder, meaning and significance, and becoming brave, more authentic, compassionate, and wildly human. Fat Tuesday, 2013 I believe Lent, which means spring, is a time to deepen our …

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12 lessons from my hibernation years, 2009-2012

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I’m celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, thinking about present time, and made a list of 12 practical life learnings–gifts–gleaned from what I’m calling my silent years, 2009-2012. Why the list? I moved to Alaska in 2007, and with the assistance of the sturdy and wild landscape, hibernated. I am …

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