Angelic Design

John Keats wrote: “Beauty is truth, truth, beauty. That is all you know on earth and all you need to know.” My recent trip to Italy included a trip to the Keats & Shelly museum, located at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. I have been a fan of the Romantic poets since I was…

The Light That Guides Us

As the days get shorter, and the nights feel darker, I want to increase the light around me. I have three houseplants in my kitchen window: two orchids and a cactus.  They are leaning into the light. It is natural for people to lean into the light, too. But the light that guides us, is…

Holiday Traditions

Last Monday we had our monthly ministers meeting, the other ministers take turns opening the meeting with a spiritual practice. At our last meeting, Rev. Carla led a beautiful and connecting spiritual practice. It was fun, sweet, and opened me to thinking some higher thoughts. Jenga as a Spiritual Practice She brought a Jenga game…

Being Blessed By Changing Your Mind

I am a life-long learner. I like to consider myself as teachable. Sometimes I am. Have you ever had an experience that wasn’t to your liking, and then made up a story about it? Since we are meaning-making beings, it is a normal thing to do. However, if the story makes you a victim, it…

Finding JOY

At this time of year, the word joy gets sprinkled about like glitter. We hear it in songs, “Joy to the World.” And we see it on greeting cards, “Wishing you a joyous holiday season.” But with all the hustle and bustle do we fully and consciously know joy.A few years ago, I took a…

Gifts for the Newborn Child

Today I found out that I am a grand aunt. The baby arrived November 27 weighing 6 lbs 9 ounces. Her parents, Anra and Ryan Clark, named her Lela Marian Clark in honor of both her great grandmothers. I am thrilled for everyone concerned and also for the world. I know Mom would be honored…

Listening as a Spiritual Practice

Have you ever noticed that when you are thinking about a certain thing, those same ideas pop out of nowhere in many places? I recently I began teaching a class on The Power of Your Word . The class is organized by introducing a new spiritual practice each week. The first week practice was Keeping a Journal,…

Yes, I Voted!

On July 25, 2018, I was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America with eight thousand eight hundred other immigrants. I was very moved by the experience. A federal judge spoke convincingly about the rights and responsibilities of becoming a citizen. I have been a resident in the United States since…