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on silence and evil

I have recently been reading about the Dutch Resistance during WWII, and am struck, as always, by the fact that some people managed to summon the courage to defy the …

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on happy now

How I love this world, right now, exactly as it is. In all its messy, diverse, textured, technicolored struggles and yearnings, creatings and destroyings, it shines on us—each one of …

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on calm abiding

Calm abiding. The words alone hearten my soul and lighten my heart. Remembering to say them when life does its sharp tap dancing on my last nerve or noggin? That’s …

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on building a home

Already this year, one bird has hatched her young in these rafters. This morning I was lucky enough to espy a second one building her nest at the other end …

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on visions untrained

How easy it is to fall off a life path, hellbent for a series of ditches, and then spend years trying to scrabble your way back! For lack of a …

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on no out or through

How do we learn to live within sadness and loss without losing touch with the everyday joys and goodness that surround us? Even in the bleakest night, somewhere a star—long …

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on no words

To arise this morning feeling utterly unable to face my own day, to arise slowly—much more slowly than usual—because my heart and body hurt and my soul is sad alongside …

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on traces geological

Hope is like a candle that, even when no longer burning, leaves a slight touch of warmth in the room. We see the flame even when it is gone, and …