inspiration

  • Mar202022
    a butterfly alights on apple tree flowers in spring

    The Promise of the Spring Equinox

    Spring is definitely my most favorite time of year. After the darkness of winter, I am always ready for Spring.…

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  • Jan042022
    Let It Go message. Conceptual image with yellow paint footsteps on the road in front of horizontal line over asphalt stone background.

    Looking Back to Look Forward

    In my counseling days, three decades ago, I used to work with families with severely disabled children–it may be physical…

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  • Nov252021
    Branch oak with dry brown leaves in the forest on a blurry background. Title says Thanksgiving a day of Thanks, Reflection, and promises to Be Better

    A Special Day of Giving Thanks

    Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. For me it has always been a very special holiday. In fact, growing up…

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  • Mar182021
    new spring daffodils in bloom, Photo by Ilona Frey on Unsplash

    Spring and the Promise of Renewal

    The first signs of spring, the daffodils are now blooming in my yard. I’m seeing the buds of the rhododendrons…

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  • Aug312020
    a leafless tree in the middle of water at sunset with a bright light shining from it

    Binding the Energy of Stillness and Regaining the Self

    “When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for…

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  • Apr182020
    woman pressed against glass window with rain outside looking sad

    More Than Ever We Need Human Courtesy and Calm

    The past month has been crazy. Every bit of news is scary. COVID-19 pandemic, the stock market crashing, the unemployment…

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  • Feb142020
    Heart with words saying: Love is like confetti. One piece is nice but not dazzling. But when you combine colors and features en masse, that's the sign of a celebration. So sprinkle the world with little bits of love. If we all throw in a little, we can cover the world. That's how we heal.

    Is Your Love Constricted or Enhanced on Valentine’s Day?

    Valentine’s Day in the west has become a day of romantic celebration of love. However, it has not always been…

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  • Dec242019
    Child holding a white paper heart in hands and offering it with colorful lights around the edges. Christmas Eve 2019

    Preparing for 2019 End and 2020 Beginning

    I’m writing this post on Christmas Eve 2019. This is one of my favorite times of the year as I…

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  • Dec212019
    sunset in the desert with stars illustrating the orbit of earth around the sun. Camus quote says: In the midst of winter, I at last discovered there was within me, an invincible summer.

    Winter Solstice Blessings

    Winter Solstice is upon us this evening. Where I live, in Corvallis Oregon, the winter solstice occurs at 8:19 PM…

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  • Feb222019
    We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. -- Helen Keller

    Managing the rainy days of life

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