Whole

Recently, a friend said something in passing that nearly knocked me from my precarious balancing chair pose. She said, while torturing our trembling limbs with countless rounds of cobra and cat and every form of animal, “Balance is not that all parts weigh the same but that all parts create the whole”. In my fog and pooling […]

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Sure

At the start of some years I choose a theme to define a particular bent I hope to pursue over the coming months, a certain learning I hope to discover that might enrich my desire to “live well”. Less like a resolution and more like a response to a vague, growing awareness, the annual assessment […]

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Cope

It’s scary out there. One of my children jumps like a jackhammer from her bed, sending reverberating ripples to windows and the warmish coffee I clutch in an entirely different room. I am reminded of Jurassic Park. Before I can recall whether the cast survived, I hear this same child sing-shout Jingle Bells using no more than three […]

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Bare

“Do you know what I love most about God?” My daughter asks this as we share a brief breakfast date before preschool one morning. “No, sweetie. What’s that?” “His power,” she whispers, leaning across the table, balancing on eager elbows to give her words further weight. My 4-year old daughter gets it. Whenever she considers grace, this mysterious word […]

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Savor

Ever catch the onset of a summer thunderstorm? In the Midwest, I am sure to witness a few raging spectacles each year, every storm descending in the same way. Hot, hazy sun steeps in still, hushed air, an atmospheric inflammation that lingers until I beg relief from the horizon. Before I see anything, I feel a nearly imperceptible shift […]

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Glory

I heart running. More than anything, I heart muddy, steep, deep single track. The adventure that beckons from a nearly secret trail, its waving grass teasing me to round the next bend and beyond, sends my mind and feet skittering over rock, rut and ravine. I am never disappointed by what I find there. Recently, […]

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