Oh, Mother’s Day. The holiday that stirs up so much trouble for so many. I’ve got multiple posts on my blog related to Mother’s Day (see the search bar) that I wrote long before Jared died because I had so many friends suffering through every second week of May. For me, since my first Mother’s […]Read More
hope prevails and humans are incredible.
Oh 2022, I think we’re all a bit scared of you….but this morning as I crawl out of bed to a yard blanketed with desperately needed snow (and a trampoline that flew across it in the wind this week), I have been thinking about hope. I love hope. But I know hope is dangerous, too. […]Read More
a thing (or 5) about narcissism
This week’s episode of Soul + Practice, the new podcast my friend Phyllis Mathis and I finally launched this Fall after a 2 1/2 year delay, is called “Narcissists.” Our weekly conversations are centered on the things we talk about on our Monday walks, and there’s rarely a week that somehow, some way, the topic […]Read More
When Faith Shift entered into the world in 2014 (!) I had a few core things I wanted to communicate—that we weren’t crazy and were weren’t alone in our faith shifts and that the movements I walked through in the book—Fusing, Shifting, Returning, Unraveling, Severing, and Rebuilding—weren’t a formula or a step by step anything. […]Read More
a weary world, a weary year.
Oh, 2020 has been such a brutal and weary year, not just for our family but for the entire world. When we came up with this title for this new Advent book—A Weary World: Reflections for a Blue Christmas—it was before the pandemic hit. We were already tired. I already knew so many people who […]Read More
#griefhasnorules – mother’s day mourning
Mother’s Day. I could feel it coming this week but didn’t have a lot of time to let the magnitude kick in too early. I’ve been busy with The Refuge in-a-pandemic and our non-profit, #communityheals, and how to start our #waterheals and #beautyheals seasons in the middle of Coronavirus crazy. While our whole world’s been […]Read More
“i see you. i hear you. i’m with you.”
Five and a half weeks ago I was supposed to be in the Pacific Northwest for two Practicing events in Portland and Washington. I was so excited because not only would I get to process some of the content in Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World with people in real life workshop-style (my favorite […]Read More
the practice of grieving and living at the same time.
When you cry every single day for 100 days, it’s definitely hard on the soul, especially when you look toward the next 100 days and realize that it’s just the way life is going to be now. We’re learning how to live with it. We are getting more used to going from crying to laughing […]Read More
“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it beAnd in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it […]Read More
Another friend of mine is dying. In the past 4 months I’ve gone to 4 memorial services, 3 for long-time friends and one that we officiated for person who was unhoused in our local community. The range on ages was 37 to 58, with three sudden deaths and one short and valiant battle with cancer. […]Read More