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Exercise your anger (to tame the beast)

volcano erupting metaphor for anger

Unless you’re a Tibetan monk, surrounded by nothing but other peaceful Tibetan monks, chances are you run into people and events that make you just plain angry sometimes. And that’s okay. Anger is a very common human emotion, and in many instances, it can serve as a compass that guides you to better choices and situations. For instance, if you...[ read more ]

Stress…helpful?

Man with hands over face

Stress is a topic on everyone’s mind. It has been for a while, but it’s even more so now it seems. If you have children in school, you might be stressing over them masking, or not masking, or whether you’ll have to figure out how to homeschool again which was a complete nightmare and this time might just  completely push...[ read more ]

The Unexpected

butterfly on brick wall

New beginnings come in all shapes and sizes. They come with varied circumstances and causes. Some of them we anticipate with a sense of excitement and possibility, and some arrive with difficulties and pain we never see coming. Not all new beginnings are ones that bring happiness and joy. Often, they are a source of grief and pain, startling us...[ read more ]

When the going gets tough…

How do you end that sentence? The tough get going! Go shopping! There might be a few other jokes or memes running through your head with that. What do YOU do when the going gets tough? We need to think about it. I was recently introduced to the term kaigo jigoku. It’s from the Japanese, the country with the oldest...[ read more ]

Here I go again…

trail starts here sign above the ocean

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Life was busy handing me some challenges that seemed to take up my time and energy. I really liked what Susan wrote in the last blog about new beginnings and intentionality in our living. She shared some of the feelings and thoughts I’m having about this time in my own life. I needed...[ read more ]

Back to…

hopscotch start

August is back to school, for kids, for young adults off to college, and for some parents who always look forward to the end of summer and a more regular routine. This August was also supposed to be back to normal, letting kids go to school without masks – or go to school period – and for some to go...[ read more ]

Empowerment

three women atop a mountain

What comes to mind when you hear the word empowerment? Is it feeling strong or a sense of taking up space, or having the resources to get a job done? Is it having permission to do something, say something, be something? Many of us may not even have an idea of what it means to be empowered in our lives....[ read more ]

We all need these

hands reaching with heart

I have the pleasure and honor of preaching at a local church this Sunday. The Scripture reading is two stories in one, about a father with a deathly ill daughter and an older woman with a seemingly incurable ailment that had ruined her life. (This appears in three of the four Gospels, and you can read the story here if...[ read more ]

Gratitude and Emmit

I adopted a dog this week and his name is Emmit. He’s a 7-year-old border collie and cute as can be.  We’re learning about each other and it’s such fun! I have to admit he’s a bit of a hot mess to look at right now- it looks like he hasn’t had a haircut since before the pandemic and I...[ read more ]

On the one hand…

I never want to be famous. Fortunately, that’s not very likely. If you’re like me, though, you’ve imagined having some of the perks. Influence, financial benefits, maybe free invites to cool places… Then I read the recent news about Naomi Osaka. (Here’s one article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/sports/tennis/naomi-osaka-quits-french-open-depression.html) There seems to be a lot of baggage that goes with being famous, including high...[ read more ]

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