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Wednesday’s Whim: Story

Last November, with young people from around Province IV of the Episcopal Church (think SEC country), I had the privilege of visiting the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.  In a more profound way than I ever remember before (I grew up in rural Upstate New York), the atrocious and triumphant stories of individuals and … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 26, 2012

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 25, 2012

“But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. – John Muir

Wednesday’s Whim: I will make a will

This afternoon I “attended” a webinar by the Episcopal Church Foundation about Planned Giving and I learned, among other things, that I need to write that will I’ve been meaning to get around to! Planning for the “what-ifs” feels daunting.  I’m fairly young and healthy and until we pay off those school loans I don’t feel … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 24, 2012

“The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” – Buddha

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 23, 2012

Half an hour’s meditation is essential except when you are very busy. Then a full hour is needed. Saint Francis de Sales

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 22, 2012

“When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.” -John Bunyan

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 19, 2012

“In medieval times, if someone displayed the symptoms we now identify as boredom, that person was thought to be committing something called acedia, a ‘dangerous form of spiritual alienation’ — a devaluing of the world and its creator.” — Richard Louv

Shout it from the Mountaintop: October 18, 2012

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” ― Wendell Berry

Wednesday’s Whim: I will be a hummingbird

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself telling the story of the hummingbird on many occasions in many different contexts.  Most recently was this past Saturday during a conversation about simplicity and the holidays during our Harvest Weekend. Simple living is at the heart of an abundant life – a life focused on gratitude, … Continue reading