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John O'Donohue, On Being

The August Break: Nine

Wondering what the August Break is? Check out this post. 09. Earth I listened to a breathtaking episode of On Being tonight, an interview with Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, entitled The Inner Landscape of Beauty The Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue was beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” and […]

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A hummingbird came to play

It’s a perfect June day. And this morning, a hummingbird came to play. First it flew past my flower pots and I watched it with wonder, because I’ve never seen one in my yard. Not ever. Then as I pondered its meaning—quietly asking God what I am to absorb from this sighting—it appeared behind me, nearly […]

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Time to dream

Time to dream

“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need to the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better. (January 17)” – Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A […]

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An axe for the frozen sea

We’re getting away this weekend, to a cabin with no internet and spotty phone service. We’re planning to unplug and read books, play board games, and watch movies as a family. Togetherness. We need it. An axe for the frozen sea we have become by mid-winter. Crack! We hope to return home opened up. And as […]

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Quiet influence

A couple of months ago, Dylan started telling Jeremy and me that he was spending his short recess time at school each day “meditating.” He described the wall where he liked to sit, and the “three trees of peace” which he loved, and which unfortunately became unavailable to him when some physical boundaries were changed. […]

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From loneliness to solitude

You may have heard me share about the positive experiences I’ve had and the authentic relationships I’ve developed with people (at least in large part) through the use of social media. Social media is not only frequented–as some might say–by a wasteland of people glued to their screens, participating in superficial conversations and wasting endless […]

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Shared silence

Last weekend I attended another Anna Dvorak retreat, this time with seven of my Le Donne friends. One of the key components of Anna’s retreats is silent breakfast. We rise when we wish and Anna is up. She is already there, prepared to nurture us with her organic, fresh, nutritious foods and with our custom juice […]

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Worn out

I am so tired. I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. I am 96 hours from vacation, and I wish I could fast forward past all of the chaos of work deadlines, house organizing, bill paying, boy herding and car packing to Friday afternoon. Even though we have to drive for more than a day before […]

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Two months back

I found this poem by the incomparable Robert Frost today. I used to sit in a tree in the middle of a perfectly charming historic cemetery as a child, contentedly reading his poetry for hours. What a delight it was for me to find this treasure, as it seems to perfectly describe the backwards weather […]

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