Author Archives: Christiana McQuain

July 7 – Blessings: and Pain

I am finding it difficult to write about blessings this morning.  Blessings.  When the killing of Alton Stirling permeates the news.  Many more words have already been and will continue to be published by writers who are many times more … Continue reading

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July 5 – Blessings: and Nationalism

In recent years, every year on the 4th of July, I watch A Capitol Fourth from the sofa in my living room.  It is the annual public, televised celebration of Independence Day held in Washington, D.C..  I enjoy the heartfelt … Continue reading

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July 1 – Blessings: Evening Meditation

“So if you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep.  And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”   ~ Lyric by Irving Berlin Even in a world that seems consumed with strife, even in the … Continue reading

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June 30 – Listening Freshly

“We are all on the edge of having to listen freshly all the time.”  – Ram Dass When my first son was born and I embarked on the adventure of motherhood, suddenly cries took on a significance and meaning that … Continue reading

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June 29 – Listening: Howling at the Moon

Sometimes my dog jumps up from where he is sitting in the house and begins barking frantically.  My initial inclination, still, is to shush him and admonish him for “barking at nothing”.  But I always stop myself.  I am aware … Continue reading

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June 26 – Listening: Whose Headphones?

For quite a few years, something called a “Silent Disco” has been gaining popularity.  It’s a party at which there are several DJs playing different music, and all of the guests wear headphones, each with the ability to individually control … Continue reading

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June 15 – Who Are You Listening To?

When you were born, there was only one Voice.  It whispered from inside your heart, and it sang to you of your own divinity. Very quickly the noise of the world began to take great pains to drown out the … Continue reading

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June 6 – Listening: and Silence

One of the reasons I appreciate silence is my acute awareness of how very uncommon it is.  I grew up in New York City.  There, the opportunity to commune with silence is not just rare, it’s nonexistent.  There is a … Continue reading

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January 22 – The Muses: MLK and Love

I am very much a First Principle kind of girl.  Honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every individual is extremely important to me, and I strive to be a living example of this in my own daily life.  Accordingly, … Continue reading

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The Muses: Rest, Reflect, and be Inspired

On Saturdays we take a break from the Words in order to rest and reflect, but this month we’re doing things a little differently.  In honor of the Muses, we are adding just a little inspiration for your Saturday.  It … Continue reading

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