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

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

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

Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds,

Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds, I know you are there even when I can’t see you, just like my loved ones who have passed on. On this night of the Super Blue Full Moon (that I am sure is happening behind the clouds), I am reminded of a very special Full Moon… Continue reading Dear Super Blue Full Moon behind the clouds,

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna

There are layers of history in Rome—“layers like lasagna”—one tour guide suggested. Literally, layers were built on top of layers, buildings that had been destroyed by war and natural disaster were covered with dirt and new buildings were erected over ruins. Symbolically, many Christian churches were built over ancient pagan sites. The architecture, art, and religious… Continue reading Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna

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