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Woyaya: Winning and Losing

I was out running errands when I first heard the news.  Professional tennis player, Serena Williams had just beat her sister, Venus Williams, in the Australian Grand Slam tournament to become the most winning player since the Grand Slam opened … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Heaven Knows How, but . . .

I’m learning to play the banjo. One thing I’ve discovered as I’ve aged is that my fingers don’t always do what my brain commands. In fact, there are times they behave something like the broken springs in a cartoon clock. … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Magic and Mystery

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Working on the Vision

Every year for many years now, I try to read or listen to a recording of one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches.  This year, because we used an excerpt in our service at the Unitarian Universialist Congregation of … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Remember Hope?

Poet, Mary Oliver, begins her poem “The Journey” with these words: You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations – – – though their melancholy was terrible. It was … Continue reading

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Woyaya: The Passing Landscape

Recently, I listened to a conversation between Krista Tippett, Parker Palmer, and Courtney Martin.  Their conversation was about “rebellion and the inner life.”  There was one moment that particularly caught my attention.  Parker Palmer is one of my mentors-through-books, and … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Pilgrimage

I am a big fan of synchronicity, the connection that can be found between randomly occurring events; I experienced one such unexpected moment recently.  I serve on the sabbatical committee at church, helping the congregation travel the days to come … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Going Together, Or Not At All

Somewhere along the way in my theological education and work, I came across the saying: We either go to heaven together, or we don’t go at all. When I heard it, it jolted me, and almost instantly, I knew it … Continue reading

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Woyaya: Already Going

This is the time of year that we tend to line up all our faults and one by one proclaim how we’ll change them. I’ll be less sarcastic. I’ll be more organised. I’ll get things done well before the deadline. … Continue reading

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Woyaya: The Long Way ‘Round

“I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round, The one with the prettiest view. It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, It’s got woods that’ll give you shivers But it sure would be prettier with you.” ~ When I’m Gone, … Continue reading

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