The Good Weather Church

Blue sky with white puffy clouds over a rural church with autumn leaves in the fore band backgrounds

Wandering through Christianity, Buddhism, and Unity to my current interest of studying the Tao, I long ago exchanged organized religion for a more profound spirituality. Structured religion gave me a moral and ethical compass for living life. Eastern philosophies expanded my understanding. But, my spirituality deepened after a life altering illness, decades of consciously working …

Cardinal Inspiration

The color red symbolizes steadfast faith.  Some Christians believe it represents Christ's blood.  But the cardinal inspiration I'm talking about isn't from the Catholic church --- it's  from those eye-catching red birds that perk up winter's indeterminate grey, like a spark of hope in darkness. When faced with challenges like enduring the winter cold, the …

Nature Teacher: We’re All in this Together

We knew the storm was coming and wondered how their fragile bodies would survive.  Were there any still alive in these frigid 3 degree temps?  Topping off the bird feeders, we later fell asleep to the hush of heavy snowfall then awoke the next morning to more of the same --- nearly a foot of …

One Gift to Return

Have you noticed how many smiles you see?  Or don't, in this overly busy time of year when buzzing around making returns, shopping, doing errands, or whatever tasks need to be done.   I counted only one smile today.  And it was a wide one as another customer and I passed each other at the …

Taming the Holidays

“Ping!” my car doors locked as I headed toward the grocery store, dodging rush hour cars veering into tight parking spots then carts barreling into the entrance.   No one was smiling. Including me. For years I’ve dreaded the Christmas holidays and for nearly as many years, I’ve sought to understand why.  Dysfunctional Christmases of my …