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Category Archives: Inspiration

The Instruments of Comfort

I stepped outside and looked up to see the lights of an aircraft far above. There was something about the normality of that moment that brought a measure of comfort to my broken heart.

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My Jesus: No Apologies

I’d like to tell you about my Jesus. You know, my personal vision of a Messiah. Mine is based on scripture and personal observation. I’m not saying this is THE JESUS. This is MY JESUS. He’s a really cool guy. He’s not loud mouthed or hot-headed or politically incorrect. He loves people and animals and …

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Returning to the Light: Thoughts on our response to terror

  I can’t seem to squelch the queasiness in my stomach lately. It is ever present. It’s gnawing away at me like a mouse trying to get inside a warm space because it’s cold outside. But when there’s a hole between a warm space and a cold place, the cold always creeps in through the hole. It …

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Creative Inspiration

“Beholding someone else’s creative word, image, idea, fills us up, inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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The Pope and Jesus the Radical

    It’s been an interesting week in the news. I did not expect to see the news media get all warm and fuzzy about Pope Francis’ visit to the US. But it’s pretty hard to ignore this guy. He is not the sanitized, institutionalized version of the Holy Father we are used to seeing. …

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A Mom’s Love and Encouragement Distilled in B & W

Yesterday I opened my Facebook page to a photograph of my Mom, circa 1958 or 1959. It’s a black and white photo, but surprisingly vivid. I have a copy of the same photo somewhere but this one was posted by an old neighbor, George Thibault. Mom is standing in the street with my brother Phil, …

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Road Flying

Road Flying Throw your hands into the air As if the steering wheel’s not there Or hug the curves and take it slow Then drive as fast as you can go Life’s a ride and only you Can choose the way to make it roll. There will be hills that you must climb But sometimes …

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The Politics of Fear

I read Parker J. Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy  a couple of years ago. It was a breath of fresh air in the very toxic atmosphere that has fueled our political discourse of late. And full of quotable words of wisdom. Here is one that is particularly timely for me in light of the …

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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of Nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.      May Sarton

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Lyrics and Inspiration

Let the disappointments pass…Let the laughter fill your glass…Let your illusions last until they shatter. Whatever you might hope to find, Among the thoughts that crowd your mind, There won’t be many that ever really matter. Jackson Browne. “The Only Child”.  The Pretender. Electra/Asylum Records, 1976

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