This week I heard something on the radio that I think has been a long time coming. Companies large and small—from chocolate companies to homemade crafts to travel businesses—have started giving people the option of “opting out” of Mother’s Day promotions, recognizing that after an unthinkable amount of loss in a pandemic year, many people […]Read more "Snapshots of Mom"
One day this week, early in the morning, I was starting my drive in to the hospital, when I noticed that seemingly overnight, all the Bradford pear trees in my neighborhood had burst into full bloom. They’d started the process several days before—first showing small hints of white blossoms and then beginning to spread flowers […]Read more "This Is the Moment"
How do you find yourself spending your time these days? Are you enjoying the long, open moments, the freedom of choice, the ease of not having anywhere to go? Have you learned to befriend your boredom, to enjoy a little creativity, to calm the anxiety that sometimes arises and then meet it with a friendly […]Read more "In Spirit and in Truth"
Last week, NASA published what I thought was an amazing report showing that the human heart is changed when we go to space. Apparently microgravity, which is the weaker gravity astronauts experience when they are orbiting the earth, encourages the growth of a certain hormone that helps our hearts to regenerate and refresh. Isn’t that […]Read more "A Healing Pause"
Doesn’t it feel good to get a really good night’s sleep? You know, the kind of sleep where we wake up feeling warm, rested, and ready for a new day? Researchers have spent decades studying sleep and they can tell us all kinds of things about it—from the speed of our brain waves during different […]Read more "Each New Day"
Who in your life has been a really good role model for you? Maybe it was a parent or grandparent, a friend or teacher, someone who showed you what it meant to be kind, to help others, to live with integrity. Whoever they were—or are—they gave you something that has stayed with you through your […]Read more "The Power of Witness"
Happy Mother’s Day! Whether you are a mother or you have or had a mother—which should pretty much cover us all—I hope you feel especially loved and appreciated—and grateful–on this day that is set aside to recognize the gifts of love, nurturance, and care that have been part of all our lives. If you’re on […]Read more "Mom’s Rules"
A couple of months ago, early on a Saturday morning, I drove over to Plainfield to attend the executive committee meeting at Western Yearly Meeting. As I got close to town, I began to notice yard signs in front of houses and businesses. As I pulled into the parking lot of Plainfield Friends Meeting, I […]Read more "Just Be Kind"
The walk to Emmaus is one of my favorite New Testament stories. It contains everything a good story needs: heartbreak, challenge, effort, confusion, struggle—and ultimately, a big reveal and a happy ending. We learn from this story that there is good—that God is still working—even when it feels like all is lost. We’re reminded that […]Read more "On the Road Again"
I’m glad to tell you that Gloria is here, and I’m totally in love with her. She is soft, sweet, playful, doing what puppies do—chewing and jumping and tugging, spilling water bowls (or splashing in them with her chubby paws). And oh my goodness the innocence that just pours out of her, as she experiences […]Read more "Perfectibility, Not Perfectionism"