Beauty from brokenness

Our Navajo guide deserted us just moments after he pointed us into a crack in the earth and down the steep stairs to the bottom of Antelope Canyon, a corkscrew slot in the desert floor not far from Lake Powell, Arizona. From above, one would never guess what lay beneath. Antelope Canyon is a magical &hellip Continue reading »

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Post-Christmas reflections

When I allow my mind to touch on the Christmas memories from my childhood, I can still see the piles of presents beneath the tree. We were never a wealthy family, but my parents splurged at Christmas. I know it brought them great joy, to be able to give me something that excited me. Regretfully, &hellip Continue reading »

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A season of peace

  “I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.” Isaiah 54:13 It is two days before Christmas and I’m watching flakes gently falling. Outside, all is quiet, limbs limp beneath a covering of snow, the pine tree a portrait of tatted lace. Gentle music flows wistful beneath the hot breath of &hellip Continue reading »

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Remembering Caledonia

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France As we now approach a week without our girl (first week, first month, first Christmas, first hike…all these will carry their own bittersweet moments), we still find ourselves muddling along, feeling our way through the cold corridors of loss, &hellip Continue reading »

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Saying good-bye

It’s been five days now and neither of us has made it through one without tears. I have not washed my hair because it seems like too much effort. Nor can I bear to wash the dog hair from my clothes or vacuum the floor. Mornings are hardest. We walk around the empty places, eyes &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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Island time (Mondays, with gratitude #19)

I spent Labour Day weekend on the beautiful Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. This is a special island – actually an archipelago – that has its own measure of time. I rarely look at my watch while here. My soul breathes deep on the 1.5 hour ferry ride from the mainland as, &hellip Continue reading »

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Summer rain (Mondays, with gratitude#18)

The past two weeks have been particularly full, and so my reflections on gratitude in this time have been fleeting ones, brief prayerful murmurs of thankfulness lifted up and released, like feathers on the breeze. Truth is that I’ve barely touched my computer and putting my thoughts in order had to be postponed until a &hellip Continue reading »

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