Author Archives: D C

Write by the Sea Retreat

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” &hellip Continue reading »

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Write from the Soul Workshop

“This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know…that the soul exists and that it is built entirely our of attentiveness.” Mary Oliver Many moons and months have passed since my last workshop. Life has been…well…complicated.  We all  know how it is, don’t we?  We deal with the things that come our way and sometimes &hellip Continue reading »

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Be the change.

He stands alone on the curb; an island beside a river of drivers intent upon their own heroic mission…a place to be, a task to complete, a deal to transact, a person to meet, a shopping list to fill. Although I catch barely a glimpse of his solitary shape through the traffic, I recognize the &hellip Continue reading »

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Light of the World

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~John 8:12~ The sun casts its late afternoon light upon the tops of the birch trees behind my home as I sit here, mulling over words that seem reluctant to show me their &hellip Continue reading »

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Protecting hearth and home

Something I love is being threatened. My ancestors were among the first to settle this land. I am at home here and when I walk these crisped leaf-laden paths, the souls of my feet grind the skins of these trees into soil that’s alive with my heritage. Strength and fortitude has nourished this soil, these &hellip Continue reading »

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Autumn in Albert County

I want to cling to fall; to hang, clasped tight, onto every blessed minute of it. My eyes have not yet opened wide enough to take in the kaleidoscope of colour bursting over the hills and valleys, cold waters rushing over granite, the mist drifting with the morning light, or the harvest and hunter’s moons &hellip Continue reading »

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Love beyond words

“Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.” ~Henri Nouwen     I am feeling particularly loved today. And so, particularly joyful. One of the most cherished gifts I have received was when my dearest girlfriend looked &hellip Continue reading »

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Let me tell you something about passion

Haiti is still very much on my mind.  It drifts in and out at the oddest times, as if looking for its proper place to settle in the landscape of my life. Memories tend to do this…they wiggle into some crack, sandwiched between this and that, making themselves at home until, obscured by the vibrant &hellip Continue reading »

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