A Time for Sacred Stories

April 12, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We are in a sacred time. Whether celebrating Passover or preparing for Easter or praising the abundance of birdsong and buds bursting out everywhere, we are all in a sacred time marked by stories of rising and uprising, of liberation and new life, of hope and relief from tyranny, suffering and dormancy. Powerful transformative stories […]

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Democracy Is a Crowded Thing

March 1, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

This week, attending a town hall meeting with my congressional representative, I was lucky to get a chair. Others stood, filling the banquet hall of a country restaurant despite the fact that we’d had less than 24 hours’ notice and it was mid-morning on a weekday. I thought of other representatives’ recent town hall meetings […]

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What to Trust In Times of Shadow and Light

February 3, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

I like to celebrate Groundhog Day. Not by visiting Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to watch a bunch of white men in top hats gather around a groundhog known as Phil, but by remembering that regardless of whether Phil spots a shadow or not, the day traditionally marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. It […]

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Inauguration 2017: A Primer

January 17, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

The upcoming presidential inauguration has raised more than a few questions for me: How do I “show up” for the inauguration of a president who refuses to see me except through lenses of diminishment and mockery? And How do I bear witness to the peaceful transfer of power that our democracy requires when I am […]

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Standing Still

December 30, 2016 | Tags: , , , , ,

Solstice: Sun Standing Still What pulls the reluctant sun up on a winter solstice morning?             Determination?             Longing? Habit?             Love? Ritual? Need?  An ancient question no longer asked now that we know nothing moves the sun. It is we who spin and circle at a 23.5 degree angle turning us (in the north) away from the […]

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