Month: August 2019


Beauty’s becoming – a meditation on gain and loss


Whidbey Island Late-summer Tomatoes Our culture confuses beauty and glamor. They are different. Glamor sells, whereas beauty inspires.  Britney Spears may sell but Vanessa Redgrave inspires. Glamor is flawless whereas beauty can be centered in the very flaws of a thing, of a person, of a situation, of a life....

The shell and the red balloon


Shahnit's Shell When I moved to an island in the Salish Sea, a friend gave me some shells he had found on a beach one day.  We agreed that I would spend some time with them and, in time, find some shells and agate stones here on this island, and...

legacy


Totem Poles near my home on the edge of the Salish Sea We humans like to leave a mark behind which says :”I was here.” We wonder what will be left behind when we die?  Was it good people raised, big churches built, good sermons written, good art in homes...

Tenacity and Gratitude


The meditation loft over the study at Edgecliff House on Whidbey Island Way up above my study is a meditation loft. There are pillows and an electric tea kettle.  A hexagonal window looks out to the ocean off the cliff on which I live and so my pillow faces out...

Letting Go


NanNan's Letter Folder, later embossed with my name at ordination. I clutter my home with love.  Well, things really.  But they are icons of love – hard to let go of and yet...it is time to simplify.  It is time “to small” my life.  Small should be a verb. These...