May 24, 2018

I salute those of you who are courageous enough to follow your soul’s direction even though you have no idea of the details, results, or purpose of your journey. You who intuit from the depths of your hearts that certain choices must be made, do certain things, or live in ways unimaginable to others often cannot explain reasons behind your choices, but know from the depths of your being it cannot be any other way. Truly, you are the courageous who are able to make positive differences in this world.

I salute both men and women who go your own way, acknowledging your particular gifts of Spirit along your journey. Even though you often are unique puzzle pieces who cannot fit into the ordinary status quo of the world’s puzzle, you forge ahead anyhow, becoming teachers of wisdom and torch-bearers for others, showing them a new way. You assist in awakening our universe to possibilities far beyond ordinary perception.

I salute the brave who go against the grain of humanity’s wayward directions, realizing life’s choices must be re-chosen, what is considered the norm is not always optimal, and there is always a better way. Your soul’s journey formulates an eclectic soul dance that moves to tunes heard by only you and God. You are the change-agents, assisting others to reconnect to themselves and others with greater inclusiveness as well as spiritual intent.

I salute all who forge ahead regardless of your tears, anguish, and personal fears. Your laughter is found in the twinkling of your own eyes, pools of ecstasy bemused by Spirit’s authenticity. You are the Lightseekers, without whom the whole of humanity would remain in darkness.

I salute all who keep seeking, exploring, and positively changing. I salute your humanity, your unique spirit, as well as your individual beauty discovered in the recesses of your own authenticity. I salute your interconnectedness, your love, and your glory. Allow yourselves to twinkle like sunlight on the stream’s rippling waters for God’s Light shines brightly through you.

The world needs you, and always will.



March 8, 2018

The tide was low enough to stretch the beach twice as deep as it had been six hours earlier. The soft breeze fluttered my writing tablet to the point that I used paper clips to hold the pages in place. In spite of the winter weather, I sat facing the ocean with a heavy coat, knit hat, and pen poised in gloved hands to discern the wisdom of the moment. Oceans, beaches, and the sounds of the waves always inspire me. It didn’t take long.

Realizing my task would be easier if I faced in a slightly different direction, I turned the folding chair slightly to the left so that the wind was blowing toward my face instead of from my side. It wasn’t until then I noticed the flock of seagulls waddling to and fro among the waves playing themselves out on the beach.

For lack of anything else to write, I began to take notes about the seagulls. They faced the wind, just like me. They flew, sailed, and landed yet again. With self-assured agility, they pecked at the sand and chased minnows in the shallows. However, it wasn’t until I wrote this next observation that I laughed out loud. Seagulls never walk backwards. Frankly, I don’t think they even could.

Years ago I was at a seminar about our own body’s energy system. I found it fascinating that when a chosen participant from our audience walked backwards, his energy system was demonstrated to be much weaker by our teacher. She determined this by muscle testing before and afterwards. Not believing what I was seeing due to the oddity of the situation, I volunteered next. Sure enough, after I walked backwards, I could not hold my arm up parallel to the ground when gently pressed downward by the teacher. Humans it seems are not supposed to walk backwards, just like seagulls.

Yet, we humans do move backwards in so many different ways. For example, we fill our thoughts with regrets for things we cannot change. We wish we had made different choices, different decisions. We long for previous moments, for that old high school sweetheart, or any of a number of experiences stashed in our memories. When we excessively ponder previous events such as these, nothing good comes from it; it’s emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining.

Think about this for a moment. Does it really do any good to focus unreasonably on our past? Oh yes, learn the lessons your life has taught you. Claim the wisdom your experiences have taught you. But remember this: You cannot successfully move forward while looking backwards. Instead, roll up your sleeves, formulate new intentions, and face the winds of life head on, just like the seagulls. Life won’t work any other way.



January 25, 2018

After learning the words to the song “The First Noel” well enough to be able to sing my six-year-old heart out one Christmas season, I asked my mother about the meaning of a phrase in the song, “to certain poor shepherds.” “What did God do to the shepherds?” I implored with heartfelt earnest.  “What does […]

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January 18, 2018

Have you ever seen an emperor penguin walk? Because of their body configuration, they take short steps, often waddling from side to side in the process. Their head bobs side to side also, moving in rhythm to the cadence of their walk. If humans had to walk this way, we never would get anywhere. Yet, […]

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Love in the Midst of Chaos

December 14, 2017

I did not want to be in the check-out line at the grocery store that afternoon because it was so very crowded. Yet, Easter was the next day and I had family coming to dinner. I attempted to move my cart a few inches to the right, hoping to find more space. Yet, there was […]

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December 7, 2017

Settling down last night after a rather full day, we delightfully discovered a program on TV that made us think, then one that made us laugh. Yet, it took less than five minutes of watching the news before we cut that nonsense off. What was reported to be news actually was sensationalism, exaggerated horror stories […]

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