Sunday, March 26, 2017

the bud vase of life

If you gaze at anything long enough, it will reveal things. Take this little glass bud vase. It's been on my kitchen windowsill for the past six weeks and it seems like every day it sprouts another eternal truth. Here are a just few I've picked up so far:
 1)  it's all about filling the bud vase of life 
 2)  different seasons offer up different things
 3)  don't have to have dozens, one bloom will do
 4)  an empty vase is a placeholder for what's next
 5)  notice when things are getting parched, add water
 6)  if you're not the flowery type, try a fern frond instead
 7)  you can tell a lot about a person by their bud vase
 8)  we need beauty to thrive 
 9)  doesn't cost a cent to experience abundance
10)  branching out is good for the soul

Friday, February 10, 2017

marrvelous mailbox

Hello dear friends who check in here on a regular basis despite there being nary a message in the inbox lately. Motivation arrived in the form of this turquoise felt mailbox from Target, a thing of true letterific wonderfulness that makes me so happy. By it's very design, it tells me that the concept of a letter remains relevant in the email era. Is symbolic. Almost archetypal, even. It inspires me to keep receiving and responding to all the messages of life: the intuition and instinct, wise words from others, the book passage, the song on the radio, the Holy whisper. And it reminds me to fill life's empty places with love. All for about $7.99!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Advent Days 18-24

Day 24
The Christmas story:
Love is born into the world - 
It's our story, too.

Day 23
Someone is knocking.
Open the door of your heart.
Make room at the inn.

Day 22
So hectic out there!
A good day to be at home,
baking shortbread stars.

Day 21
My gratitude list
would reach to heaven and back - 
if I wrote it down.

Day 20
The Christmas tree lot - 
evergreen, balsam and fir.
Such fresh, frosty air.

Day 19
Prayer for today:
May my thoughts, words and actions
come from a joy place.

Day 18
Opposite of faith:
anxiety, worry, fear.
Be not afraid, friends.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Advent Day 17

Some season's readings:
Rudolph and Scrooge and The Grinch,
Gift of the Magi.

Advent Day 16

Spiritual wonder.
That's what contemplation is.
Call back your wonder!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent Day 15

Some things not for sale:
faith, hope, love, joy, peace, kindness.
These are homemade gifts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Advent Day 14

Today I choose peace.
Tomorrow I will again.
Glorious freedom!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Advent Day 13

Looking for the light.
We spend our lives doing this!
"Be a light," says God.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent Day 12

Toss your to-do list.
Make a to-be list instead: 
be still, be loved.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent Day 11

Write God, not Santa.
Send forth the words in your heart.
No pencil needed!