And Now We Will Hope…

 A good and sweet year to you,
may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!

Consistently, since I began writing this blog in May of 2020, I’ve based my writing on an idea I received from something, someone, someplace along the way.  But over this summer, I’ve been without of any type of inspiration. Though I’ve made several starts to a new post, it always felt like I was forcing the issue rather than really feeling it. So, weeks went by and there was nothing…nothing at all.  This absence of any enthusiasm to write was disconcerting. What was going on with me? Why this numbness?

But then, as I began sorting through my emails this morning, there was the offering from A Concord Pastor. Each morning this Catholic priest gifts his subscribers with a short motivational post that typically starts our days off on a peaceful note. I’ve been so grateful for these writings!

In today’s offering, in homage to his Jewish friends celebrating the New Year, the Pastor provides a tutorial for understanding this holiday and includes a link to a selection of beautiful Jewish writings and prayers found in another blog. To Bend Light is authored by Alden Solovy, a Jewish liturgist and poet, whose work has been used by people of many […]

September 8th, 2021|Minding Our Spirits, Minding Our World|6 Comments

Time to Rest

I’ve been on a vacation, of sorts.  At the beginning of this month, returning from the border, I decided to “unplug”. From everything. I felt that both my body and my mind were signaling to me that they (I) needed a rest. So..

I went about making the change deliberately…identifying all the entities in my life that were serving no positive purpose. I cancelled some subscriptions. I dropped time consuming involvements  whose only purpose was to eat up my time. I deleted all the apps on my phone that supposedly served to make me an “engaged and informed citizen” of our world, our country, our neighborhood. And I stopped bingeing on cable news shows. The latter two cancellations proved to be my best gift to self!

I had to do this. All the news I was voraciously consuming was turning me into someone I didn’t want to be. I was angry. I was ignoring what was important in my life. Treasured times and conversations with family and friends had turned into rant sessions as I complained about some newly developing frustrating situation over which I had no control. This unpleasant harpy was becoming the new me.

That’s when I surrendered to the biddings of my body and mind. I continued to journal, though, and I that’s where I first noticed […]

July 29th, 2021|Minding Our Spirits, Uncategorized|12 Comments

A Journey of Faith

Journey of Faith


Last Wednesday, I returned from two weeks at the southern border, working among migrants at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX. Two weeks. Only two weeks. Fourteen days. A relatively short time. But those two weeks changed my life.

Prior to this trip, I thought I was fairly in tune with the plight of migrants crossing our borders. Events of these past few years aroused in me a sincere empathy for and curiosity about those fleeing their homes in search of a better life. What horrendous conditions must they be experiencing in their native lands to compel them to make the treacherous journey, on foot, across hundreds of miles. I felt for them. Deeply.

And then I went to McAllen. And the stunning reality of the situation was nothing like I had imagined it would be. Emotional…awe-inspiring…almost paralyzing.

My first few days at HRC were anything but uplifting. I was disappointed in the facility itself. Processing over 1000 migrants each day, it was dark, windowless, – a former nightclub I learned. The noise of all these voices, babies crying, children screaming in play – was deafening.  Rows of folding chairs filled with families waiting to be “processed in”, lines of families awaiting OTC meds from the “pharmacy”, a separate room with gym mats carpeting the […]

July 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|18 Comments

Letting Go – It’s Time


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be…Lao Tsu

As I sat to begin this post, I had in my mind that I would use the following poem as a springboard – an inspiration – for my writing. I’d take a few of the lines – ones that particularly resonated with me – and build my story around them. But that was not going to happen. I hope, as you read the work below, you’ll come to understand why.

Slowly, gently

I lift the clutter out of my life.
I must let go of my ego-self.
I’ve known this part of myself intimately.
It’s like an old friend.
It’s a bit hard to send it on its way.
It has become a kind of cherished sin for me
a dis-ease that I am familiar with.
Still, it has hindered my growth
and kept me from adoring.
It has prevented me from noticing

the holy ground of my life.

And so, I kiss it good-bye.
Yes, I kiss it.
I embrace it.
It is part of myself
I cannot simply cast it aside.
I pray for its conversion.
All the clutter in my […]
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