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Life after Forty

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 in In My Words

  Ahead of  me on the journey by a decade, friend, mentor and often guide Marchiene Rienstra told me the other day about an insight that came to her on one of her morning walks in Sedona.  May this poem honor her insight, a way of passing it forward.     Life after Forty That year I turned forty you turned sixteen, beginning to show the curves of a womanly...

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Do You Do Well to Be Angry?

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 in In My Words

In this political season so fraught with angry people – it’s worth asking “Do You Do Well to Be Angry?” A question God once asked the Hebrew prophet Jonah, and the title of a message I gave a number of years ago. Sadly – what makes the biblical stories still relevant is that too many human weaknesses never change. We humans...

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Put Down Your Pack

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in In My Words

Margaret Atwood once said – “I write prose to know what I’m thinking. And poetry to know what I’m feeling.” For me too – poetry was the right vessel to convey the emotions that swept over me after my brother called with words I had been longing for – for four long years. Closure on a tragedy – time for healing to begin.

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Stanley Kunitz: Speaking of Poetry

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Encouragement

Stanley Kunitz’s spirit continues with us – in words like these from his 1994 commencement address at St. Mary’s College, Maryland.  Draw them in – deeply… “If we want to know what it felt like to be alive at any given moment in the long odyssey of the race, it is to poetry we must turn. The moment is dear to us,...

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