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

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

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

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · SoulCollage

My word for the year is…

You know how spiritual gurus encourage you to pick a word of the year, something profound and inspirational to help you navigate a new year? Well, I found mine the other day. I had contemplated some lofty sounding words, but I don’t even remember them now because when this word fell on me, I knew… Continue reading My word for the year is…

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