Don’t Forget, You’re Going to Die

Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s my favorite church day of the year. I love this yearly reminder that we are dust and to dust, we shall return; that we are mortal, finite. All of us have an expiration date. Remembering our mortality has the power to keep us humble, grateful, justice-seeking, and right-sized. One of [...]

By |2021-02-17T11:31:36-05:00February 17th, 2021|Blog Posts|3 Comments

Why You Should Consider Joining a Small Group

I remember a time when I was a young adult. I was living in another country. I was isolated and struggling. I was part of a small group at the church I was attending. I don’t remember much about it. I don’t remember any of the other people in the group. I don’t remember the [...]

By |2021-02-03T11:43:31-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Blog Posts|2 Comments

A Sculpture That Affects Us All

Julian Voss-Andreae is a German sculptor based in Portland, Oregon.  Together with his wife Andriana, he created the strikingly beautiful new sculpture recently unveiled downtown in neighboring First Congregational Church’s Washington Gladden Social Justice Park, called “Our Single Garment of Destiny.” The new sculpture at 444 E. Broad Street is Voss-Andreae’s latest striking large-scale piece, [...]

By |2021-01-27T15:28:08-05:00January 27th, 2021|Blog Posts|2 Comments

Ah Yes, But What Do You Love?

Sarah Blondin is one of my favorite meditation teachers. I access her guided meditations on the Insight Timer app and through her Live Awake podcast.   In one of her mediations she begins with this story... In hope to finding solace and healing for all that was ailing her, a woman seeks help from a [...]

By |2021-01-19T11:18:03-05:00January 19th, 2021|Blog Posts|2 Comments

4 Feelings the COVID-19 Vaccine Gives Me

A text popped up on my phone sent by an excited daughter who wanted to share good news from Broad Streeter Dr. Carol Greco (Delaney). With a needle actively being stuck in her arm, she’s taking a selfie with her other arm. She’s masked, but I have never seen eyes smile so wide. This was the first [...]

By |2021-01-19T10:23:52-05:00January 12th, 2021|Blog Posts|2 Comments

Are You a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet?

Amidst all of the challenges of these days, I offer you a lighthearted look at how to better understand ourselves and others: the Grand Unified Muppet Theory. Thanks to Broad Streeter Will Heywood for introducing me to what author Dahlia Lithwick describes as...   a little-known, poorly understood philosophy that holds that every living human [...]

By |2021-01-06T12:04:50-05:00January 5th, 2021|Blog Posts|8 Comments

20 Ways to Practice Self-Care in 2021

It's been quite a year. Surely 2021 has to be better than 2020, right? Well, just in case, here are 20 ways to practice self-care in 2021:   1. Unfollow/block accounts on social media that bring you down rather than build you up. There’s a lot of negativity online, but there’s a lot of positivity [...]

By |2020-12-29T12:38:35-05:00December 29th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

5 Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Most Christmas traditions have deep historical roots.  Here are five of my favorites:   Christmas Trees Evergreen fir trees have always been popular as winter decorations. Ancient peoples displayed the branches as a reminder that spring would eventually come. Romans put branches of fir trees around temples to honor Saturn, the god of agriculture. The [...]

By |2020-12-22T11:39:49-05:00December 22nd, 2020|Blog Posts|6 Comments

The 5 Best Christmas Songs Ever?

This is a tough one. In no particular order, I would include... -Go Tell It on the Mountain -Love Came Down at Christmas -Christians and the Pagans (Dar Williams) -Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -O Holy Night   When asked to name my favorite Christmas songs, I always include O Holy Night. It’s one [...]

By |2020-12-15T12:07:29-05:00December 15th, 2020|Blog Posts|14 Comments
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