If the Weather Holds

If the Weather Holds

As I walked and gathered items for this week's mandala, Irma was on my mind.  She seems so symbolic of the times in which we are living. As we grapple with questions of immigration and the reality of climate change,  our country's literal borders are being beaten back by the hands of mother nature.  Across the nation, many of our number appear to be struggling to maintain our footing in the swirl of chaos and fear surrounding us.  It is not surprising that some have wondered aloud if we are not at the end of days.

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In the Conversation with Amy Lyles Wilson

In the Conversation with Amy Lyles Wilson

Amy Lyles Wilson lives just over a half hour drive away from my home in Middle Tennessee.  Our paths never crossed until we arrived at Kanuga Lake in Hendersonville, North Carolina as new students in the Haden Institute Spiritual Direction program. We were assigned to different cohort groups, but when she introduced herself  during our first gathering as one whose call is to "work at the intersection of creativity and spirituality" I knew I needed to get to know her better.

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In the Conversation with Kim Manley Ort

In the Conversation with Kim Manley Ort

One spectacular Autumn morning in 2003, I went out for my daily walk and was so captivated by the light and color that I could not resist going back to the house to retrieve my little point and shoot digital camera.  Hours passed as if mere minutes, and it wasn’t until fatigue and sore feet became an issue that I reluctantly trudged home.

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