Tag: life

lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany

Today is Epiphany in the Christian church calendar.  It marks the journey of the Magi to the Christ child and celebrates God being revealed to us as Jesus–coming into the world to experience both darkness and light just as we do and sharing the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany”


You can sit with her the child of your innermost being You can hold her hand and assure her that life is a journey that there’s room to grow and change and become You can tell her stories and sing her songs and offer… Continue Reading “pruning”

Mary Oliver’s The Journey

I have kept these words close to my heart for a long time.  There are days when I pull them out and hold them delicately in my hands and in my spirit and am grateful for their strength and wisdom. ~cameron One day you… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s The Journey”

Lenten reflection: the Potter

This morning as I read of the postponement of Kelly Gissendaner‘s execution, I wondered what it must be like for her as she waits in the unknown.  I wonder if her faith is surrounding her in peace.  I wonder if a flame of hope… Continue Reading “Lenten reflection: the Potter”

blessings by Jan Richardson

This morning, I am delighted to find an email from Jan Richardson in my inbox with information about her new Women’s Christmas Retreat.  She notes that in Ireland and other places, Epiphany is celebrated by women as a day of rest, reflection and retreat… Continue Reading “blessings by Jan Richardson”

Anne Hillman’s We look with uncertainty

This morning, I was drawn into an article by Parker Palmer at the On Being with Krista Tippett website.  This poem was included, and it resonates with me in this season of my life. I encourage you to visit the website and read the… Continue Reading “Anne Hillman’s We look with uncertainty”

a happier life~reflection on a saturday morn

It is a morning of expectation and delight as it is the first Saturday in quite some time that my daughter and I have not had a commitment beyond hanging out with each other.  I am realistic though–I know that as she finishes out… Continue Reading “a happier life~reflection on a saturday morn”

lessons learned: caring for the root bound

“You are root bound,” she said.  “Your prayer needs to be, ‘God, give me a bigger pot.’” That’s what my counselor said to me Tuesday, and it has resonated with my spirit ever since.  Given how I love to blog about creation and spirituality,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: caring for the root bound”

wild geese and ordinary miracles

Over the weekend, I heard one of my favorite noises–the honking of a flock of Canadian geese overhead.  I love that sound because for me, it signals the coming of Autumn.  As I watched them fly by, I stood in awe of all the… Continue Reading “wild geese and ordinary miracles”

lessons learned: mushrooms and awakenings

Yesterday morning, I arrived at work to a magical sight.  A group of 7 large mushrooms in various stages of growth slowly burst forth through the pine straw mulch by our back parking lot.  It’s happened dozens of times since I’ve worked there, but… Continue Reading “lessons learned: mushrooms and awakenings”

Mary Oliver’s The Summer Day

It was a Mary Oliver kind of morning~ The Summer Morning Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s The Summer Day”

the value of keeping quiet

Sometimes, simple poetry becomes my prayer for the day.  Here is one of my favorites~ Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in… Continue Reading “the value of keeping quiet”

filling my bucket

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something… Continue Reading “filling my bucket”

letting nature take its course

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about a chickadee couple who came to reside in our blue bird house. (You can read about it here.)  While I was saddened that they weren’t blue birds, I was just grateful that a pair of… Continue Reading “letting nature take its course”

Lenten reflection: bringing the gardens to light

Saturday, I spent my first Spring afternoon doing nothing but tending to the gardens.  After months of working inside the house on many projects that needed my attention, the weather and my (nondriving) teenage daughter’s schedule aligned so that I had 4 hours free… Continue Reading “Lenten reflection: bringing the gardens to light”

lessons learned: the blessings of watering cans

You spread out a table before me,     provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies; You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,     filling my cup again and again with Your grace. Certainly Your faithful protection and loving… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the blessings of watering cans”

lessons learned: preparing the space

This morning as I sat down to write, nothing came to mind.  Well, let me reframe that–a lot of words and thoughts competed for my attention, but none that were meant for this blog.  I sat in my chair and closed my eyes.  As… Continue Reading “lessons learned: preparing the space”

from Joyce Rupp’s prayer “Nature Revitalizes my Soul”

. . .When I enter into the domain of your creation, things begin to settle, to become quiet in me, like a windy harbor calming with the sunset. It is there that I find the needed reassurance to stay in the struggle and challenge… Continue Reading “from Joyce Rupp’s prayer “Nature Revitalizes my Soul””

Max Erhmann’s Desiderata

My daughter has been asked to choose a poem and memorize it for her Language Arts class.  When stumbling up on this one again the other day, I decided I may challenge myself to do the same.  There are many words and sentiments here… Continue Reading “Max Erhmann’s Desiderata”

today is the day~celebrate life!

This date holds a special anniversary for me–it is the day four-years-ago that I had surgery which unexpectedly also removed cancer from my body–a miracle of sorts.  In the last few years, I intentionally chose to walk (and even skip!) down some new paths… Continue Reading “today is the day~celebrate life!”

lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany

Last year when I started my seeds in January, I stumbled across a couple of bulbs that hadn’t made it into the ground.  I filled a tall mason jar with dirt, tossed the bulbs in, and set the jar with the rest of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany”

Buddhist prayers and poetry for the new year

New Year Poem and Wishes Under the glorious canopy of redwood trees The New Year peacock dances Sun and moon rise into the blue sky The earth grows and happiness increases In this New Year — H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche Being Peace If… Continue Reading “Buddhist prayers and poetry for the new year”

lessons learned: transplanting the seedlings

The fall seedlings have begun to sprout, and soon it will be time for thinning and replanting.  I will admit, it pains me to thin out the extras to make room for better growth, and so I try to save as many as I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: transplanting the seedlings”


It has been awhile since I have blogged, and that is because I have been engaging in mindfulness around health issues, quality of life, etc.  While I have missed being here, I have appreciated the quiet time, in the mornings especially, to read, pray,… Continue Reading “mindfulness”

lessons learned: sun, rain, blight and balance

This farming season began in late January with Mason jars, soil, a sunny spot in the den, and hope.  By mid spring, plants warmed their toes in my newly cultivated soil, and the first of the early vegetables graced our table.  I’ll admit, I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: sun, rain, blight and balance”

lessons learned: when Grace comes knocking, allow Grace in

This week, Grace stopped by so I thought I’d re-share this one today.~Cameron “I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~Anne Lamott I began this… Continue Reading “lessons learned: when Grace comes knocking, allow Grace in”

lessons learned: garlic and pacing ourselves

Recently a colleague noted to me with a bit of bravado that he never sleeps, implying that innovative, creative thinkers don’t have time for rest.  I looked at him with lovingkindness and smiled but wondered how long he would be innovative and creative on… Continue Reading “lessons learned: garlic and pacing ourselves”

coming up through the cracks

With the onset of Spring, I’ve noticed several plants coming up through the cracks.  In the midst of a busy sidewalk or rocky wall, there grows a bit of Life that has settled in and announced, “I’m here to stay.”  She does not ask… Continue Reading “coming up through the cracks”

Speaking light, hope and love as a part of creation care

Earlier this week, I planned the liturgy for today around Earth Day to celebrate creation and all that God calls us to be as stewards of this global community.  As the week progressed, I experienced a deep sadness for the events occurring in Texas… Continue Reading “Speaking light, hope and love as a part of creation care”

living in the spirit

Dear God, be all my love, all my hope and all my endeavor; let my thoughts and words emanate from you, let my daily life be lived in you, and let every breath I take be filled with joy for you.  Amen. After St… Continue Reading “living in the spirit”

today is the day, celebrate life!

This date holds a special anniversary for me–it is the day that I had my second and final surgery and was told I was cancer free.  In the last three years, I intentionally chose to walk (and even skip!) down some new paths on… Continue Reading “today is the day, celebrate life!”

welcome, life!

a testament to living

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is… Continue Reading “a testament to living”

quotes: meditating on love

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr. Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on love”

simple gratitude

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength. Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured… Continue Reading “simple gratitude”

thank you life

excerpt from Litany I hold the splendid daylight in my hands inwardly grateful for the lovely day. Thank you life. ~George Campbell (b.1916), Jamaica