Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice

May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within… – Irish blessing Light Today is the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year. In many ways this day is a pause, a time to look toward lighter days, to begin anew, to put those things which weigh us down behind.Continue reading “Light, Life, Love: 2017 Solstice”

What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s events, first by the news story coming out of Stanford aboutContinue reading “What Only Light Can Do”

Watching for the Light

“The time is being fulfilled and the light shall shine, perhaps just when it seems to us that the darkness is impenetrable.” – Eberhard Arnold There is something about this time of year in the depths of December when the winter solstice weighs on the Northern Hemisphere. My friend Lindsey Mead writes extensively about theContinue reading “Watching for the Light”

4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow (though theContinue reading “4 Things I Love This February”

Back to School, Boundaries, and the Search for Balance

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” –final stanza of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Caged Bird”   A few months ago, my boys and I agreed to take care of a friend’sContinue reading “Back to School, Boundaries, and the Search for Balance”

Of Every Leaf in Springtime

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” -Martin Luther There has always been a place in my heart for springtime … for singing birds and burgeoning buds and subtle colors of the world reemerging. Winter and the brown, bleak world of bitter cold bringsContinue reading “Of Every Leaf in Springtime”

Find What You Love

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way toContinue reading “Find What You Love”

Finding Sanity in a Mom’s Chaos

One of the most marked-up books in our home library is a book that changed my life. Years ago, several years into the Mom journey, I bumped into a book called Tender Mercy for a Mother’s Soul by Angela Thomas. With a title like that, and knowing how little mercy I felt in my roleContinue reading “Finding Sanity in a Mom’s Chaos”