Matters of the Heart

Days of their Lives

Sixty years ago today ~ June 8, 1955 ~ my mom and dad stood together in a small, white clapboard church pledging they would love each other for better or worse, rich or poor. Don slipped a diamond ring on Erma’s finger, then lifted her veil to kiss her and everyone smiled, as they do &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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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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You can’t change your feet

When I was little, I loved to balance on the hump in the back of the car (before seat belt laws and child-seats), lean over the seat between my parents, and biff out songs at the top of my skinny voice, imagining myself on the radio someday. Unfortunately, my pitch was as wobbly as a &hellip Continue reading »

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Made for this

  How divine she was; trés élégant really. Tall and thin, alert eyes rimmed in white mascara and gleaming, her breast shimmering, catching the afternoon light like a pillow of ruddy silk…her heart turned inside out. I watched through the binoculars, delighted with her economy of motion, her intensity and focus. Her perkiness. I’ve never &hellip Continue reading »

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The way of things

“The past is beautiful because one never realizes emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only the past.” Virginia Woolfe   There was no one thing that could have prepared me for the complexity and contrasts of Haiti. It will be a long time before &hellip Continue reading »

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In the Haitian mountains

Our next three days in the villages surrounding Mombin Crochu gave us all so much to think about… In Logat, Elio opened his home to host one of our workshops. Made of hardened mud, painted white, with bright blue doors and hung with sheer blue curtains, the home was obviously well cared for. Sardined tightly &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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