After the wait…

Some days seem empty with the waiting. Hollow, like no one is home.   Something calls. A spring walk on the marsh looking not for what I can see, but what is waiting for me.   Just there… Waiting. So I sit and watch, my seat a twisted log by the river. A dog barks, &hellip Continue reading »

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The pattern of things

Imagine a small girl with curls and chubby knees. She peeks around a doorway, blue eyes intently watching her mom at the typewriter, taking it all in.  And then one day, she clambers up on the chair by herself, pretending she is all grown up. Imagine her mom, smiling as she captures the moment on &hellip Continue reading »

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Words for Haiti

I have to confess…the January email from my friend Rhonda, who is serving as a nurse practitioner for nine months in Haiti,  both thrilled me and terrified me. “Dear Debbie – Today I shared your story – who you are, what you do etc. – with the leadership team for Medical Ambassadors of Haiti….they began &hellip Continue reading »

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Into the desert

“We do not go into the desert to escape people but to learn how to find them; we do not leave them in order to have nothing more to do with them, but to find out the way to do them the most good.” ~Thomas Merton A number of years ago, we made several trips &hellip Continue reading »

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On being a writer

“Get to work. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.” ~Annie Dillard, The Writing Life Once winter hits and the cold wind blows, if you are anything like me, all you want to &hellip Continue reading »

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Letting Go

While researching an article on lighthouses recently, the phrase ‘letting go’ kept rising in my mind. A strange thought it was…not one I normally associated with lighthouses. For sure, these stalwart, old guardians are more about clinging…clinging to the land or rock upon which they sit, clinging to safety, clinging to the past, clinging to &hellip Continue reading »

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In the stillness

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” ~Henri J. M. Nouwen~ It is early morning and over my left shoulder, the sky begins to blush with splashes of seashell pink behind the spruce peaks.  While I cannot see it &hellip Continue reading »

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Letting Go (Mondays with gratitude #24)

The image sears, fire-burned in place. A clear, starlit autumn night, brilliant oblong moon rising above the tree tops. Twenty women gathered around a blazing fire, voices quiet now, holding in their hearts the rise and fall of an emotional day. Warm wind winnows parched leaves from the trees and cools flamed-warmed skin.  Strands of &hellip Continue reading »

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