Creativity · Retreats · SoulCollage

Sprigs of Rosemary

December 6-8, 2019: Sprigs of Rosemary Retreat at St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE. “Will you be my refuge / My haven in the storm, Will you keep the embers warm /  When my fire’s all but gone? Will you remember / And bring me sprigs of rosemary, Be my sanctuary / ‘Til I can carry on /… Continue reading Sprigs of Rosemary

SoulCollage · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

In a Pair of Red Shoes

“And if God sees fit to hold me Anyone that’s ever known me Know I’d walk the gold streets only In a pair of red shoes.” My friend, Colleen, loved red shoes. But I didn’t know this about her until her Aunt Bea shared a story at her funeral. What a silly thing to say… Continue reading In a Pair of Red Shoes

Benedictine Spirituality · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

New and Improved: Always We Begin Again

The most used words in marketing campaigns and on product packaging are new and improved. This expression taps into our deepest desires to improve our lives and our circumstances. Marketers know this—that most of us want better and that we want to BE better, to be more of this or less of that—and so come… Continue reading New and Improved: Always We Begin Again

Contemplative Photography · Creativity · Prayer · Spiritual Journey

Benediction of the Trees

Profoundly impacted by the lyrics and vocals of “Benediction of the Trees”,  written and performed by Derek Dibbern, I share his music and also images of trees I’ve taken through the years in different seasons and from various states and countries. Derek and I met at St. Benedict Center several years ago and our paths… Continue reading Benediction of the Trees

Country Roads · Family · Memories

Freedom’s Light Burning Warm

This Independence Day, I listened to the Neil Diamond classic, “America,” a song that pays tribute to his grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Russia in the early 1900s,  reflecting on my own heritage, family, and country. We performed this song as the choir finale during my 9th-grade year at Pound Junior High,… Continue reading Freedom’s Light Burning Warm

Benedictine Spirituality · Mother ~ Daughter · Prayer · Spiritual Journey

Suicide: That Voice In Your Head is a Liar

I don’t know Kate Spade. I don’t own any of her purses or other products. I’m not fashion-conscious by any stretch of the imagination—my daughter/personal shopper will vouch for that. But the news that Kate Spade—a beautiful, wealthy, creative woman—has ended her life has me in tears. There are many unanswered questions for those left… Continue reading Suicide: That Voice In Your Head is a Liar

Benedictine Spirituality · Family · Home Sweet Home

A House Blessing and the Holy Trinity

A few months after we had moved into our new home, one of my favorite monks, Fr. Thomas Leitner joined us for a special dinner and house blessing. After the introductory prayers and Scripture readings, Fr. Thomas sprinkled Holy Water that had been blessed at the Easter Vigil in each of our rooms—the living room,… Continue reading A House Blessing and the Holy Trinity