Ho Ho Ho!! and Holy Cow

This Christmas some of you may be feeling that it’s hard to find something for which to be jolly. However, this is exactly the sort of time, when I am exhausted, disgusted and annoyed as hell, that my favorite word becomes my mantra. That word is…and. The election was a zoo. Never in the history…

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Time to Be Born?

Four times, I have witnessed the birth of my grandchildren. It was miraculous every time. The doorway to an unknown world opens and life embraces a tiny human and the mystery begins. Who will this one be? And, who did you intend to be? This is a time of year filled with issues of birth…

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The Greatest Gift

“Nice to see you,” she said as if she knew I’d be coming. “Yeah, nice to see you too. I know it’s been a while. I’ve been busy.” “So how can I help,” she said, using her standard familiar phase for getting right to the point. “Well,” I stammered, “The holidays are coming and I…

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Irene, the Angel

Irene Thorstad was a saint. Her crippled little eighty-seven year old body was nearly doubled over. The first time I walked into that congregation at church an eon ago, I spotted her. She was different. She had some kind of grace and energy that I had never been around before – it was a glow….

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You’re the One

In a world and in a season where we are often focused on accumulating more of everything, I have been in wonder about the number one. One little word that contains so much power. In almost every era there has been one remarkable human being who forever changed the world. Each of these people no…

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Joy To The World

Visions of sugar plumbs and rain deer have never danced in my head. As a little girl, Christmas came in the middle of the Yuma, Arizona desert with my family of five in an old one room Army trailer smaller than a normal bedroom. At night, winter winds would whip so hard across the desert…

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The High is the Ride

Oh Gawd, it’s that time of year again. One Christmas my son gave me tennis shoes with bright neon side panels and a pump up arch. The next Christmas he gave me bar bells, turquoise colored bar bells, graduating in size and weight. The kind you can’t miss when walking into your room at night….

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Brighten Those Holiday Blues

Many people, especially those who are single, find it difficult to cope with the Holiday season. During a time that should be filled with warm connected feelings, some of us are plagued with concerns about money, aloneness and what the future holds. There are some surprisingly fulfilling ways to cope with the holiday blues that…

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Gifts of Gratitude

How do we remain consistently exuberant and exhilarated by life? What is the secret? It’s all about gratitude. It’s about being delighted in the ordinary and surprised and awed by existence — our own and everyone else’s. It’s about sitting around your Holiday table feeling vitally aware and profoundly grateful for every breath and awareness,…

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