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Musings on the word “Atonement”

Musings on the word “Atonement”

As a child attending synagogue during the Jewish High Holidays, I’d yearly contemplate what to atone for; repenting my so-called transgressions, asking God for forgiveness so I could again be in its good graces. Looking back, those things weren’t overly serious, like...

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The Examined Life

The Examined Life

The Examined Life Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” A powerful statement. Now during this period of the Coronavirus, many of us have more time to examine our lives, as well as examine our relationships with others. During my many years as an...

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Belief During Hard Times

Belief During Hard Times

Dear Readers, I share with you a poetically written blog by a friend, Lynnsey Carroll, addressing the fears we are experiencing with the Coronavirus, and the varied choices we have in how we choose to respond. As you may know, I am one who believes in the future, in...

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I Write Because…

I Write Because…

  At age eleven a cousin gave me my first diary, bright pink with a little girl’s face on the cover, and a lock to ensure my secrets would be kept safe. It didn’t seem like something that would change my life. But it did. I had a place to express my dreams, needs...

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We Might as well Dance

We Might as well Dance

Over this holiday season two friends died, both of heart attacks. No warning. The spouses were in shock. I was in shock. I was reminded how people react differently to illness and death, as my family did when my mother died when I was a small child, and when my father...

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An Adult Prayer from the Child Within

An Adult Prayer from the Child Within

  An Adult Prayer from the Child Within:   Take Back… God, Creator, Yahweh, Allah – take back Adam.  Redesign him in the spirit of Eve so war would be only a card game. God – take back human sight for a while, so that we will miss the colors of...

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The Bear and I

The Bear and I

Animals play such an important part in many of our lives. When they are pets, we mourn them as a family member. They make us smile and laugh, like a baby free of inhibitions. We talk to them, and they listen without judgment like a trusted therapist. With family or...

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If I Listen

If I Listen

    Do you sometimes feel like an octopus, with its tentacles stretching in different directions, not knowing what to do next? Your to-do list too long? You want to go back to sleep? I hope this poem adds a smile on your face, a laugh, and helps you breathe...

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Yard Sales and History

Yard Sales and History

I travel back into history when shopping at yard sales. Every yard sale has its own family story. There’s the young couple getting divorced, the aged woman whose husband recently died, the farmer whose business folded. I walk through so many lives at yard sales....

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Surviving or Thriving?

Surviving or Thriving?

A childhood friend once asked me, “Are you surviving or thriving?” I thought, what a disturbing question. Now I use that question as a meditation. Many years ago on a warm sunny day we were walking in the Rocky Mountains. We stopped at a lake. No one was...

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