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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 5: Listening – The Art of Listening

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” — David Augsburger, Fuller Theological School In 1993 I participated in a weekend healing workshop in which each person in the workshop had the … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Changing Stories

If we have within us a biological need to internalize a rather permanent story of what the world is about, then not having a story, or being confronted with the changing story of science, could trigger a personal crisis. What … Continue reading

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The Library: Living Stories

When I was a young child, every other summer my mother and brother and I would fly from our home in Birmingham to visit my grandparents in Washington State. My favorite place in their home was their attic.  It was … Continue reading

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The Library: Tell Me a Story, Revisited

From the first moment of cognizance in our lives, we are collecting stories.  This is usually referred to as “making memories”, but it’s the same thing.  You may or may not think of yourself as a storyteller, but every time … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth: Finding a Path for Two

My mother has dementia.  It’s been an intriguing journey figuring out where her mind is and where it’s going.  Most days she’s easy to talk with about what she’s doing and what’s happening in her life in this moment.  In … Continue reading

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Departures: Stories, Part 3

For the third time, I come with a reflection on stories as a most important human point of departure. At the 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, Sr. Simone Campbell gave the honored “Ware Lecture” to the delegates gathered there. … Continue reading

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Flight: Achieving the Impossible

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” ~ Mary Kay Ash  There exists a popular misconception (demonstrated in the quote above) that, according to the … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: From the Mouths of Babes

I grew up white in the 60s in the South, and my grandparents had a full time maid. Her name was Ruth. I was the youngest of five children and we lived within walking distance, so I got to know … Continue reading

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Sowing: Stories

My father was an Irishman with a quick wit, a joy for life, and a sense of story. He had a story for every situation any of us kids could find ourselves in. Generally, especially if we had transgressed, he … Continue reading

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