Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Retreats · Spiritual Journey

A Story Behind Everything

“However well satisfied you are with your own skill or intelligence, never forget how much there is that remains unknown to you.” -Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis There’s so much we don’t know, so much we don’t see, so much we can’t understand. There is a story behind everything and we aren’t always privy… Continue reading A Story Behind Everything

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

An ICY snow day reflection

Last week I enjoyed the stability of an icy day. The Benedictine vow of stability provides for our need to be rooted in Christ, to be grounded in the present moment, and practicing gratitude regardless of our circumstances and of the uncertain future.  Seasons come and go, “but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah… Continue reading An ICY snow day reflection

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always? Today’s weather, on this day of the inauguration, reflects how I have felt for several weeks now. It’s a little dreary, foggy, rainy; the road ahead is unclear.  But weather can change quickly in Nebraska, so I imagine that my feelings will likely change soon enough… Continue reading The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Retreats · Teaching

Bridges Photo Exhibit: 150 years, 93 counties, and my favorite place!

It’s finally here…Nebraska’s 150th birthday! And I can finally share the photograph of Christ the King Priory that is in  The “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit. I submitted five photos of Christ the King Priory to a photography contest called Bridges, sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, to highlight historic treasures in all 93 counties to… Continue reading Bridges Photo Exhibit: 150 years, 93 counties, and my favorite place!

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Creativity · Spiritual Journey

A Nebraska Birthday Wish

It’s Nebraska’s 150th birthday next year, but I get to blow out the candles and make the wish!! I know you aren’t supposed to share a birthday wish, but this is a secret I can’t keep. My wish: To share with everyone in Nebraska (and beyond) my favorite place in the whole world—a Benedictine monastery and… Continue reading A Nebraska Birthday Wish

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Creativity · Spiritual Journey

Seeing With New Eyes

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust Photography is my hobby. Maybe a professional photographer would take issue with me for using the word “photography”.  I have no professional training. I haven’t taken any adult education classes, even though it’s on my want-to-do-that-one-of-these-days list. I… Continue reading Seeing With New Eyes

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Spiritual Journey

A Country Road Contemplative

I’m thrilled to have written a Monk in the World Guest Post at Christine Valters Paintner’s Abbey of the Arts website/blog. She is one of my favorite authors (The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom) and an inspiration for me to continue to learn more about creativity and prayer. My post, A Country Road… Continue reading A Country Road Contemplative