Category Archives: Gratitude

Dear Daughters

I have a new post up at my new blog and I invite you to review it at Ugly Pies and Crooked Hats.  Here’s an excerpt: “As I raked, cursing at the leaves and at my own guilt that propelled … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Grace, Gratitude, Life, Parenting


High and hope-filled
stamens billowing with curiosity. Continue reading

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Accordion Home

Fall has finally fallen; I know this because I sleep with a blanket of cats these days.  The last several days I have awoken not just with a cat at my feet, but with one on my abdomen or my … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, bad cats, Gratitude, Love, Parenting

Lost and Found

A common theme for my dreams is lost things. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who spends her nights searching for lost items and sometimes lost people. Last night was one of those nights, when I was searching … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Grace, Gratitude, Love, Prayer, Religion


Sleep patterns disrupted. Went to bed with heartburn last night and was certain I was dying. I’ve never had pain like that before, so close to my heart. Not physical pain, anyhow. Plenty of the kind of pain that starts … Continue reading

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As I wait to take my middle daughter to school (late start for her as she prepares to board a bus to compete in State debate meet), I realize that the heft of snow is one of many things that … Continue reading

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With all the pieces of my heart

I’ve heard of UUs who consider forgiveness as a “spiritual practice.” While I admire those who are diligent in their own personal spiritual practices, I think putting forgiveness in that box is inviting us to exercise that particular set of muscles … Continue reading

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Magically Manageable

We leave for church in just over an hour. The community Thanksgiving feast is today and I have two pumpkin pies ready to go and there are sweet potatoes roasting in the oven. And they smell delicious.  I wish I’d … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Food, Grace, Gratitude


It was early and I was driving youngest daughter to basketball practice. It was early, and yet the grayness of the dawn was lifting just enough that the sun was bathing the trees with this golden light that was more … Continue reading

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I just checked the publication date on one of my dearest, dearest volumes: Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg. 1990. Yup. That makes sense. I found Natalie in a little independent bookshop (remember those?) in Flagstaff, Arizona, when I went with … Continue reading

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