Memoir Excerpt, a piece of our story: The Flight to Egypt

In honor of Peter’s record-breaking time out of the hospital, 5 1/2 months and counting, I’d like to share the following, an excerpt from my memoir, What God Had Emptied. I am in the process of submitting to publishers now. This excerpt won Best of Show for Literary Arts at the

Life Lessons from the Garden

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   I looked out the window to my mess of a backyard. Birdseed drove foreign plants out from the lawn of assorted weeds. The wild, drought-tolerant and all-too-happy to be watered plants had grown, taking over the slow and steady evergreens I hoped

Stories of Hope: A Conversation with the Rykert Trio

  I think back often to this interview, so even though it first came out in May, I’d like to share it with you now. All around us, there are individuals transcending their suffering to build up their community.   Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch It had not

Are ideologies coming between you and your neighbor?

You are more than an “-ism” and so are They     It feels a bit like we live in a society that is either overly nice (politically correct) daring never to touch on the things that matter most, never exploring with others the hard questions about existence, or we

Musings from the poets

You shared yours, now I’ll share mine… 1 surely, fairies live down this path     2 a sneak attack, with only a few witnesses     3 – Either he has a long way to go or the contemplation of our isolation and our ambition     4 this

Stories of Hope: A Conversation with Holly Anna Calligraphy

  How one woman uses her way of caring for her soul to speak life to others Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   “How can I speak life to the people that follow me?” Holly Stavness, owner of Holly Anna Calligraphy reflected in her Facebook feed. I no

Possession vs Contemplation and other thoughts on the County Fair

  How do we experience reality?     Some say by photographing every encounter, we are trying to capture it, to possess it, instead of allowing the moment to present to us what it has to offer. Contemplation is a manner of receiving, rather than possessing, to let the thing

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