Longing

Lent invites us to reflect on our incompleteness our humanness the need to know to control to fully understand knowing we are dust yet carry eternal souls reflections of a holy God who asks only that we trust the One Who loves and knows us fully Trust for all Our...

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Technically challenged

My mother used to think I was brilliant. She amazed me with her thirst to keep up, stay connected and even learn to text on one of those flip phones in the year before she died.  She did not find that easy, and often asked for help.  Her frustration at times included...

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When Ashes intersect with Love

It’s a rare occasion, Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday in the same day.  It is a day to celebrate love, and friendship.  And it is a day to ponder what it means to empty myself, and embark on a season of lent. Lent has become increasingly meaningful to me in the...

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Eggs and toast

It is an ordinary morning in February, a skiff of snow on the ground. I’m missing Arizona though, and grateful we could go for holidays there almost every year for so long. It was the oranges on my plate that got me thinking in this direction, as I felt thankful for...

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Desolation and Consolation

The examen the review of a day a week or month or segment of time invites reflection pause In the depth of winter where the landscape can seem barren, desolate stripped of growth yet, under the frozen earth even in dormancy there is life. We are consoled by the One...

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Life can Paralyse you

A blog/lament on war Life can paralyse you Frozen, an observer of a parade of tragedies passing by in Real time Real life On whatever screen I don’t want to be immune I, part of the human race can feel helpless dismayed disheartened. Hibernation although attractive is...

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In the bleak of Winter

In the darkest of days, the coldest I look for light and warmth. The soul can feel desolate squeezed by circumstance, pain that one can not control The Psalmist says: If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” even the...

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Resolutions or Good Intentions?

Good Intentions or Resolutions? Perhaps they are the same thing.  Have you a list of resolutions for 2024? I tend to be a reluctant dieter, or resolution maker. Too often, it ends in failure, and a sense of disappointment that I couldn’t follow through. I’ve had...

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Holding time

Holding time   Do you ever wish You could capture a moment like a firefly a spark of light willing it to pause be still Your mind the camera savouring this moment a look a smile a sky of stunning beauty a song that captures your heart. Time is relentless the baby that...

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To be Vulnerable at Christmas

The very title feels vulnerable and at Christmas yet? when one puts on glad and yes, of course I love the inspirational stories the heartwarming feelings of goodwill. the cheer and brightness of the season. sometimes vulnerability is a loud voice that demands...

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Dis

Dis In the darkness of Advent, I find myself Discombobulated (Disconcerted, disoriented) Distressed. I’d like to dismiss these feelings of disorientation, yes even sadness Dis (an odd word) is negative. And yet, in the chaos of Christmas the expectations, the longings...

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An Advent Journey with Dad.

I’ve been working on this painting the last couple of days, from a picture my hubby saw of Big Ben, and a street in London.  Somehow, I found this a challenging exercise, and am not happy with the outcome. This morning, as I was reflecting, it reminded me of Advent,...

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Defiant Hope

Defiant Hope It’s an odd combination of words but I like the determination to not give up to face diversity, challenges, yes, even heartaches with a hope that defies reason. Hope is not always what is wished for although we long for peace relief from suffering and...

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Hope is Birthed in the Dark

As November fades and darkens the twinkling lights appear house by house row on row, lighting our world with cheer and anticipation Of good things to come. Hope fills the air the dark quenched by cheerful lights that overcome the gloom. Hope is a gift, a promise. that...

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Surviving or Thriving

Surviving or Thriving.   It’s a good play on words. Am I surviving? Or thriving? I’d like to say, for the record, in black and white, That I would like to be thriving. Can one be both? The other day, I was so tired, so weary, I crashed…. What does that mean? Our...

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November a month to remember

Days flit by Yesterdays are shadows of today. November deepens the greyest of months dark colours my world leaves sodden trees bare. my loved one too is sinking into shadows of his former self. We watch, dismayed holding memories like precious jewels as we accompany...

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Decisions

Decisions can be hard. Shall I go here or there or just stay home? And what of the weather? snow and ice distinct possibilities mountain passes become barriers Will I be well, have energy? My decisions have implications for me for others. we have one life to spend...

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letting go

Life is a series of letting go living in reality accepting imperfections seasons of richness along with seasons of loss. The leaves let go the mother tree shaking them loose does she feel her barrenness as she releases them? We think we can control fix things make it...

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Accepting Fragility

I tend to be an idealist, even as I wrestle with imperfection and fragility.  There is a longing to make all things better, even as we live in a broken world. I remember listening to a TV pastor we enjoyed watching and having an unusual moment.  Even he said this was...

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October Sun

October Sun You cast hope into my shadows Clouds dance in your embrace shifting across the dampled sky. Dandelions who’ve spent their blooming offer seeds, ready for the wind to set them loose. Are they the hope of spring? I watch leaves dance in the gentle breeze...

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Thanksgiving Blessings

I love the thought and truth that a heart of thanksgiving is a gateway to joy.  It can be very easy to get bogged down with the struggles of life: family concerns, sickness, financial challenges, feeling down. But there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Im...

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A Shifting of Seasons

Another sunset. Another September. Another summer fades away giving into another season We shift to new routines warmer clothes darker days and embrace the beauty of autumn We give thanks. for the gift of yesterday and the gift of today.

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Emerging from a Covid Fog

I guess it was my turn.  But the Covid bug hit hard, and I’m still recovering. I know I’m not alone. The worst, after the first tough days is feeling so depleted. I have not felt like writing, painting, drawing. I look at my messy house and my bed calls me. I have a...

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A long week

This week I was reminded that our best laid plans and schedules can change suddenly. It was my turn I guess and Covid came knocking at my door. It’s  been a rough few days, but feeling better. I’ve enjoyed creating a photo journal of my summer and garden. But the...

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September muses

My blog this summer has been different as I’ve recorded photos, mostly of my garden but other special events. This first week of September always brings memories of back to school, new beginnings, freshly sharpened pencils and clean empty paper waiting to be filled....

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Welcome to my home, photo journal #7

There are ups and downs in life. Some of my sunflowers are way up, so fun. Yesterday I fell down in the garden, careless for a moment and down I went. It reminded me of that funny story where you know you are getting old when you fall, and the immediate response is...

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Moments of Summer – photo journal #4

Summer is sailing by.  I say that every year, but it seems to go by even faster. Perhaps it is because there is so much to do, so much one CAN do, and I can’t do it all.  So I pick and choose, savour the moments, and allow time for naps. Talking about savouring, I did...

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Alaska tails and July memories -Photo Journal 3

I missed last week, but I had a good reason. We were on an epic holiday to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Our trip was bookended by lovely visits with family. So here is a photo journal for the last two weeks of July 2023. We didn’t get any photos of...

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