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

Creativity · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

The Door is Open

“…the doors to the world of Wild Woman are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn… Continue reading The Door is Open

Benedictine Spirituality · Teaching

Thoughts and Prayers, Guns and School

These past few days our social media feeds have been filled with messages of thoughts and prayers for the victims of yet another school shooting. And there are just as many posts that reject what may seem like Pollyanna, feel-good greetings: I understand both perspectives. I want to “LIKE” the thoughts and prayers posts and… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers, Guns and School

Creativity · SoulCollage · Teaching

Why I Teach

In honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday February 7,  1867, I share a previous post, “Why I Teach.” Childhood Dreams As early as kindergarten, I identified teacher as a potential occupation in my “School Years” book, a collection of elementary school memories. My kindergarten-self chose nurse, teacher, model and mother as possible career and life… Continue reading Why I Teach