Yesterday was my baby sister’s first chemo treatment. Her diagnosis of cancer came in the usual way, I suppose – as a complete, life-shattering shock. There Karla was, minding her own, gathering up at the grocery store, grabbing coffee on the way to work, feeding the dog, folding laundry. And now, this. A few … More Can Beauty Rise Next to Sorrow?
The public service announcement in the local paper says a Tai Chi class meets at the multi-generational center in our little town on Tuesday and Friday mornings and all are welcome to attend – no charge. A handwritten sign taped to the front door of the center reminds us to sign up with Louise if … More When You Go to Tai Chi but Find Yourself in a Prayer for the World
Today I found a plant in need of some serious TLC – I think this one was marked down to $1 because no one at Lowe’s imagined it will survive another week. I feel an odd kinship; I don’t know anyone who is not in need of some serious Repair & Renewal. First, I cleaned … More Reviving the Nearly Dead (This Includes Us)
A wriggly crowd of kids living with Autism Spectrum Disorder cautiously eyed the horses. Ten-year-old Billy stood on the mounting block and threw his leg over the saddle of a big paint gelding named Bear. The therapeutic riding team walked alongside, leading Bear and Billy down a dirt trail winding through towering Ponderosa pines … More What a Horse and a Boy with ASD Know About Beauty
Honestly, I wouldn’t bother to develop my own writing were it not for writers whose words touch and hold the soul of me. While their forms vary from fantasy to song, fiction to poetry and haiku to how-to, all offer glimpses of the mysterious way of the Spirit. When I read your words, you took … More When I Read Your Words, I Swallowed a Star