Riding into 2023 with less fear and more hope…

I’m about five months into taking horseback riding lessons and while it’s much harder than I expected, I love it so much. Here are a few things that I’ve learned that are helping me in real life… 1. “Eyes up!” My instructor has to constantly remind me to stop looking down at the horse. Apparently,

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What sounds fun to you?

I knew that I was completely over-reacting; my disappointment was disproportional to the actual events that were unfolding. I was absolutely convinced that our summer was ruined. In June, most of my family got COVID, which meant that we couldn’t go visit our son in Michigan. For months, I’d been looking forward to seeing him

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“These things happen…”

A seminary friend of mine went through a divorce while she was a mom of young children, pastoring a small, rural congregation made up of mostly of older adults. She was worried about how her parishioners would take the news. Would they still trust her leadership? Should she offer to resign? There was no need

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Praying for “safety” as our kids return to school…

There is a new ritual in many church services that I adore. Congregations sometimes call it a “Blessing of the Backpacks” and it usually involves school staff, teachers and students coming forward for a prayer as they start the school year. A few weeks ago, the minister at the church we were attending used liturgy

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Happy 4th of July….I guess?

The timing isn’t great. Many of us are still reeling from the Supreme Court’s recent decisions. Between their rulings against our reproductive rights and the separation of church and state and their striking down laws that protect us from gun violence and climate change, I’ve heard enough from these judges in the past few weeks

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How am I? Let me tell you about my kids instead….

In college, I had a literature professor who shared something very important with our class. After a discussion about a short story, she leaned against her desk and said, “I want to tell you something that took me countless hours and thousands of dollars to learn in therapy. Here it is: I am not my

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“Remember the Grand Canyon…”

There’s nothing like a trip to the Grand Canyon to put one’s life in perspective.  I’d never seen the Grand Canyon before and was determined to get my family there this spring. It did not disappoint. People talk about the vastness of the canyon and how pictures don’t do it justice. They are right: vastness

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“Out with lanterns, looking for myself…”

It’s official—I’m getting weirder.  I’ve started mailing family members prisms that they can hang in their windows so they too can have magical dancing rainbows on their walls. This is completely unsolicited; I’ve just decided they all need one. I recently added a large potted lemon tree to my bedroom because I’ve always wanted one

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