I used to think the world was noisy, but now
I can hear the quiet everywhere. Can you hear it?
Come listen with me.
Are you ever wowed by your sudden ability to clear the shattered glass of life without fanfare, and stay in a state of calm and even humor? Not long ago I made two mistakes on a one-way street. The first was entering the street in the wrong direction. The second was not fully examining the…Read More
Sometimes I feel so inadequate, so average, so lacking in skill and smarts and so unqualified for the task at hand. I see brilliant and talented people all around me and I think, “Why should I write, or create, or speak or give that project a whirl when a million someone elses could do it…Read More
Instead of saintlike hymns today between sermons, I indulge in a book of poetry about long capers of cattails, the quiet loyalty of breath, and the astonishment of autumn- Hugh’s arm around me his clear tenor voice in faithful unison while I in unshod wonder sashay across forests of leafy umber under pink skies my heart…Read More
You are a miraculous creation of jiving jubilation, a galaxy of melody who serenades the vales- a mystic wearing neon shades outside his castle gate, a patriot with eagle’s wings, a sideways figure eight. An eyebrow dancing confidant, a full-moon wide awake, a visionary heart so pure, it brims twelve-thousand lakes. A pilgrim of the…Read More
Have you ever dared listening to another person without much on your mind? I recently coached a successful CEO who wanted my professional input on how to introduce an innovative educational program to his employees. As he walked through the door and sat across from me, a few thoughts raced through my head. A guy this successful will want cutting edge…Read More
What would you just love to create? I am assuming that since you are a human being and not a squirrel, that like me, you have talents, habits, and dreams you’d love to see materialize. Perhaps again like me, you have bookshelves bursting with help, friends at the ready with advice, and digital pins of…Read More
I stood at the sink washing dishes with my single friend this past weekend who bemoaned her online dating trouble with a conversation that went back and forth like this: “What if the guy turns out to be like my dad and ends up leaving me like my dad did my mom?” ‘That’s an interesting…Read More
I drive home every day next to a river which runs into the Columbia River Gorge which pours into the Pacific Ocean. On certain occasions over the years when I’ve felt particularly low, I’ve wondered what it would be like to float down that river, out of the pain of this temporal world, and into…Read More
Are you the loser in your marriage, or are you the finder? I happen to be the loser, and have always been the loser. My husband Hugh hasn’t so much as lost a stray crumb to the counter, or left a sock on the floor in 18 years of marriage. I, on the other hand, have…Read More