Sistering!

If you want to be having your socks knocked off about the crazy/hilarious/ poignancy of being a woman then you ought to be listening to Glennon Doyle Melton. She's talking to anyone who will listen and hugging you...

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Sharing ourselves

I never ceased to be amazed and saddened by all that lies behind the smiles, smart looks and other facades so many women project. Beneath the surface there is so much pain, suffering, grief, guilt and negative emotions...

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Rabbi to the World

My husband and I have a saying, “The truth is the truth.” We usually say it after reading some spiritual text and marveling how easy it is to connect the dots from the key points in that book, be...

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On Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” : Life, Death, and Faith in the Power of Stories

            A “dry, leathery corpse”introduces Atul Gawande to medical school and readers to his book, Being Mortal.  Nothing else is revealed about the body; its former owner’s life and death are meaningless to the medical...

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The Gift of Molly

Whispered in the airImagined in dreams Yearned for with desireCreated through passion Nourished with purity Delivered with long effort Received into loving armsAccepted unconditionally Present in each momentWith wide-eyed wonder Nurtured with patienceLiving into possibility Spreading joy abundantlyBridging the past and future Born anew, the old soulRe-learns...

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Solstice

  on December twenty-thirdthe weatherman saidwe've passed the winter solsticetoday we gainone minute of daylight just one minute of daylightI thoughtwhat can I do with a minute of light? hug my husbandshare a kisssay a prayerpay a bill standing at my kitchen windowwatch...

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Receiving

I recently received an email from my oldest sister (there are six of us) in which she proposed that we all stop exchanging Christmas gifts.  The message suggests that most of us have all we need and there is...

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A Reflection on A Morning with Joan Chittister and Janet McKenzie

“The stations give us a model of how to live life when our own struggles are unavoidable and life seems most oppressive, most unfair, most impossible to bear. They remind us again that there is new life at the...

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Something To Think About While The Turkey’s In the Oven

               “Whenever you tell me about someone, you tell me what they cook!” My then-new roommate’s exasperated tone clearly suggested that this was not a good thing.  It was the 1970s, and women were supposed to be getting...

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The Edge

           I realized this past week that I have never lived at subsistence level.  I know what it means now.             As part of Family Services Coalition, a group of churches and non-profits in the Metrowest area, I  tutor a...

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