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Chair By The River

Chair By The River

took a drive down a road not travelledand discovereda chair by the river that called and spoke come - sit - restgaze - ponder - exhale worryquestion - dream - writesketch - inhale peace - feelbelieve - be - that chair - a blessingthose surrounding trees - a...

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HOPE – LOVE – PENTECOST

HOPE – LOVE – PENTECOST

“It’s hopeless. You just have to accept that. Your child will never be a contributing member of society.  I can make arrangements for him to be institutionalized.  It’s all for the best.”Those were the words the doctor spoke, telling the young mother that her son was...

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Creative Spirituality Artist

Creative Spirituality Artist

The first time I heard someone look at something I had created and say "June, you are an artist," I was taken aback. An artist? No, not me. I can't draw or paint or do calligraphy or sculpt or quilt or ... I just play. And then it dawned on me ... just as beauty is in...

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WITH MOTHER’S DAY ON THE HORIZON

WITH MOTHER’S DAY ON THE HORIZON

With Mother's Day on the horizon, may we be mindful that there are women who will be celebrating and giving thanks while at the same time there will be women who will be grieving and in pain --- all on the same day.With Mother's Day on the horizon, I think of and pray...

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IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

Yom Hashoah begins this night at sundown.  It is a time for Jews and all of the world to pay respect to those who perished in the Holocaust under Nazi rule - millions of people: gypsies, gays, clergy, ordinary citizens, Jewish people, many of whom had no idea they had...

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A YODA ATTITUDE – MAY 4TH

A YODA ATTITUDE – MAY 4TH

Do you remember Yoda from Star Wars?   A legendary Jedi Master, Yoda may have been small in size, but he was quite the theologian, philosopher and poet. Yoda said "Do or do not.   There is no try."  In those two short sentences, Yoda extended a call to *do.""Do*...

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HAPPY MAY DAY – BELTANE – JOY & PAIN

HAPPY MAY DAY – BELTANE – JOY & PAIN

It's a new month - the month of May has begun. Happy May Day! Summer is on its way. In Celtic tradition, the beginning of summer is known as Beltane (Gaelic May Day festival) with celebrations which include the decoration of homes with flowers, bonfires, feasting,...

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PASSOVER

PASSOVER

The celebration of Passover begins this night.  As Jewish people mark the beginning of Pesach/Passover which begins with a Seder (a special meal with various rituals), the youngest Jewish child present will ask the same question which has been asked for centuries by...

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AN EASTER GIFT: Invitation to Soul-Questions

AN EASTER GIFT: Invitation to Soul-Questions

I wish you H A P P Y  E A S T E R! and send you a gift: an invitation to explore and work with "Soul-Questions." Out of a global atmosphere of fear, anxiety, loneliness, alienation of spirit and continual reminders of the emergency situation in many countries...

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MAY WE BE GENTLE

MAY WE BE GENTLE

This is a difficult time for many.  Terrible things are happening.... The people of Ukraine have been invaded and are at war.  ... Israel, Palestine, Gaza - say those words and people "take sides."... People flee their homes in the hope of finding refuge.... Fear,...

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celtic prayer for peace and sleep

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Celtic prayer for peace and sleep

St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) is a day that brings forth the 'wearing of the green', stories of leprechauns and shamrocks, wonderful Irish music and gentle reminders of Celtic spirituality in many parts of the world.  Celtic spirituality transcends institutionalized...

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BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

BEYOND THE OBVIOUS

I saw children shooting hoops,a crocus, snowbells, daffodils,an art gallery on ZOOM,dishes that needed to be washed,a mom with a smile, pushing her little one in a stroller,a cashier wearing a mask,weeds growing in the yard,colour on leaves, on cars, on clothing, in...

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Colour and Hope

Colour and Hope

It's not a good day for many in the world. And especially not for those in Ukraine. Two years ago today, Russia invaded Ukraine.And on this, the second anniversary of that terrible event, tangling in colour helps distract me from the sterile black/white images in my...

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COPING IN DIFFICULT TIMES: FOUR QUESTIONS

COPING IN DIFFICULT TIMES: FOUR QUESTIONS

Difficult times.  These are difficult times. It's not unusual to feel "down" about the future of this world.  It's not unusual to not be able to feel joy.  It's not unusual to want to curl up with a book in bed or binge on tv shows that take one's mind away from war,...

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Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow, February 14th is going to be an unusual day for those who like to mark Valentine's Day and for whom Ash Wednesday is part of their faith. This year, they both occur on the same day!Around the world, people will gather to receive the ashes on their forehead...

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The Wand of Kindness

The Wand of Kindness

A true story: He was about eight. She was about seven. They were talking about another child, a classmate who stuttered. When their mother said "She can't help it. Be kind," the two children laughed. "Why?" the boy asked. "You make fun of Mrs. Baker. You're not kind...

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LOVEUARY

LOVEUARY

The month of February can be difficult for many. Social media and local stores focus on Valentine's Day to the hilt. Many have outlived their partners ... parents have outlived their children ... children have outlived their parents/siblings ... close friends have...

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THERE’S MORE THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER

THERE’S MORE THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER

Why do we focus on that which separates?Why do we dwell on differences? Surely, regardless of,.. religion... ethnicity... gender... geographical location... sexual identity... financial status... language... birthing order... education... ability... sexual...

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WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

When I saw these images, I was reminded of words in the Old Testament: (we are) "fearfully and wonderfully made." <Psalm 139 verse 14>. In the context of Biblical times, the word 'fearfully' was not based on today's understanding of 'fear,' but based on the-then...

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