Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

“Are you doing okay?” a friend asked me. “Yes and no, ha,” an honest reply.  “Why yes?” Hmmm, I think.  “Good question…yes, because of faith and hope. Many blessings.” This might not be the typical are-you-okay-what’s-wrong? line of questioning one might expect, but good friends know what’s behind your “yes and no” already.  Sometimes the… Continue reading Yes and No: The Seasons of Life

Power of Images · Spiritual Journey · Teaching

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…despite my disappointment

Each school day during my 3rd-period Marketing class, I stand with my students, hand over heart, pledging allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  This simple moment of national patriotism is a requirement… Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…despite my disappointment

Creativity · Power of Images · Prayer · Retreats · SoulCollage

Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution

“Gentle” is going to be my word for 2017. I resolve to be gentle, excessively gentle. A new year’s resolution implies a determined effort to make a change, of which I certainly could consider—to be more patient and generous, to eat more healthful, to exercise, to lose weight. There is an endless list of shoulds,… Continue reading Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution

Creativity · Power of Images · Retreats · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

A Great Light Has Come Upon the Earth

A holy day has dawned upon us…for today a great light has come upon the earth. Alleluia and Merry Christmas! During Advent, we wait in darkness for the light of Christmas Day. We circle around the Advent wreath, igniting another candle each week. The Advent wreath symbolizes the coming of the birth of Jesus, the… Continue reading A Great Light Has Come Upon the Earth

Creativity · Mother ~ Daughter · Nature · Power of Images · SoulCollage

In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

For Earth day, I was invited to write an article for the April 2016 SoulCollage® newsletter, SoulCollage® Community Update, reflecting on how creating with images of nature can cultivate a sense of gratitude for God’s creation  and, ultimately, impact how we protect our earth’s resources. It’s an honor to share it with SoulFully You readers as well: As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, I’ve… Continue reading In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

Creativity · Mother ~ Daughter · Nature · Power of Images · Prayer

Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Seeing the beauty of nature is the first step to taking action to protect it. Unless we can appreciate the oneness we have with creation, we will do very little to protect it. “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” –Pope Francis… Continue reading Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Teaching

Always We Begin Again

“Always we begin again.” –St. Benedict I just started my 39th semester of teaching.  I love the “beginning again” that comes with the teaching profession.  Two of my favorite things about teaching are discovering new ways to share the love of learning with students and the chance to start the next semester with a clean… Continue reading Always We Begin Again