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Return Again: Born and Reborn Again

I wrote this poem in an attempt to describe my experience many years ago while hiking the Kilauea crater on The Big Island in Hawaii, and then walking the rocky shore many miles away where the lava drips into the … Continue reading

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Flight: Sprouting Wings

As parents we plant the seed of humanity and we cultivate the growth of our children’s wings for eighteen years.  We nurture and guide them to maturity, and lovingly teach them to fly.  As adult members of an inter-generational community, … Continue reading

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Flight: The Gift of Wings

In celebration of motherhood… Motherhood begins with giving one’s children wings.  As a mother, it is my responsibility to teach my children what those wings are for, provide them with comfort and support as they stretch their wings and learn … Continue reading

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May Day – Wings: Beltane

Beltane is the Celtic festival of the beginning of Summer and the celebration of fertility. Many ancient cultures marked this transition from Spring to Summer with rites of fertility.  Most of those rites would shock even our modern culture: naked … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Reactions

Throw some baking soda on some vinegar: explosive bubbles!  The opposites – alkaline and acid – combine with each other and cause a reaction that changes the make up of the substances involved.  If the alkaline and acid are equal … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis – The Journey

Where are you going? We ask ourselves this question periodically as we move through life. Setting goals, checking in on how the journey is progressing, perhaps altering our course or even tweaking our mode of transportation… The truth is that … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Butterfly

This post is the third in a trio of posts inspired by butterflies. The first two can be found here and here. When the time comes for a newly-transformed butterfly to emerge from the darkness of its cocoon, it faces … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Yes, But You Would

My adult son Walker has a genetic disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome, which causes progressive brain damage. When he was little, Walker’s issues were minimal, and the disease is rare, so he wasn’t diagnosed until he was nine years old. When … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Chrysalis

(This post is part two of a trio of posts inspired by butterflies.  Part one can be found here.  Part three can be found here.)    Caterpillars are shape shifters, and the chrysalis phase is when the “magic” happens.  It … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Transformation and Strength

When my husband was deployed to Afghanistan and I was left at home with four young sons, it was a huge turning point for me.  I was apprehensive about what the year ahead would bring, and fearful of whether I … Continue reading

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