Category Archives: The Kitchen

The Kitchen: What do I bring?

I am imagining that there are some who have read all of these reflections on The Kitchen and thought:  gee, where is all this sweetness and spice around the kitchen coming from (no pun intended).  I say this because I, … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: A Smile Place

Stop and consider for a moment how often you approach the kitchen and experience, if not physically, at least internally, a smile.  Granted, if we have left a pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen, the kitchen does not make … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Security

In recent months, I have travelled to some professional conferences and made couple of family trips where we had to stay in a hotel.  Our accommodations were always nice.  There was, in each place, places to eat inside and outside … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Sanctuary

My first remembrance of the importance of our kitchen table wasn’t about food, or even family gathering around it.  It was when the table became our sanctuary against the elements. It was early morning, the radio was on, and, suddenly, … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Alchemy

Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. In a poem entitled “Green Beans and Yellow” Mary Oliver declares the surprising but true: “as though it were an ordinary thing, we eat the blessed earth.”  It’s true.  All of … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Recipes

We have explored the necessity of good and proper ingredients in The Kitchen, especially those of Inquiry, Trust and Compassion.  Any time spent cooking in The Kitchen, though, helps us understand that knowing what to do and how to use … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Ingredients

What am I looking for? What does it take to get what I am looking for? Are these the ingredients I need to get what I am looking for, or has someone else determined what ingredients I have to work … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Examples

DON’T TELL ME Please don’t tell me I should hug, Don’t tell me I should care. Don’t tell me just how grand I’d feel If I just learned to share. Don’t say, “It’s all right to cry,” “Be kind,” “Be … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Guides from Beyond

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently … Continue reading

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The Kitchen: Thanksgiving

(If you do not have a Thanksgiving Day Prayer, you are invited to read aloud the following poem of Mary Oliver followed by the short reflection that follows.  Your own prayer may unfold from just the reading or anything else … Continue reading

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