Christmas in your heart

Spirituality

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Written on December 12, 2017

Light in the Darkness It’s been a while since I’ve written.  Partly, from being busy and dealing with welcomed changes in our lives.  Partly for wondering what I really want to continue writing about.  Writing is one of those things you can’t put off and I plan to continue writing often in 2018. But now…

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour - Million Dollar Staircase

Upstate NY

Spooky Treat: Albany’s Capitol Haunted Tour

Written on October 17, 2017

Halloween in the Area Halloween is almost upon us and Albany, NY and all of the Capital Region is filled with spooky tours, ghost walks, and haunted hay rides. The Capitol Haunted Tour is a highlight of the October wealth of frights. More than the seat of government, the Capitol is host to many stories…

Kindness and Grief

Spirituality

Life is Too Short: Be Kind

Written on October 10, 2017

Last month a former co-worker died.  She was also a friend.  Deb helped me understand the struggled my Mom was going through with her health because she was dealing with some of the same issues.  She counseled me on patience and kindness by being witty and funny and kind. Death has taken a wonderful wife,…

Do Justice Now - Goodness

Literature

Goodness In A Capricious World

Written on October 3, 2017

September in the Rain I haven’t written in a bit. September was difficult.  My Mom was hospitalized, and although she recovered and is back in her nursing home, it was an emotional few weeks. The uncertainty of living far from her, and relying on strangers with her primary her care is very emotional. I must rely on their…

Campfire in the Catskills

Upstate NY

I’m In A Yurt In The Catskills

Written on September 5, 2017

Signs you need a getaway to the Catskills (or another beautiful, serene spot) : You can’t read one more news story about whatever crisis of the day is at hand Technology is dismaying General malaise and fatigue Daydreaming more than usual Needing a romantic and enchanted day with your honey If you exhibit any or…

The American Dream in "The Underground Railroad"

Literature

Book Reviews: Readings on the American Dream

Written on August 7, 2017

I’ve read three books this year that deal with the theme of the American Dream.  Two are juicy, magical novels, and one is the autobiography of a role model and Supreme Court Justice. Colson Whitehead’s American Dream/Nightmare I’ll start with my favorite. “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead knocked me over. I love this book….

Cavernous - MASS MoCA

The arts

Summer Trip to MASS MoCA

Written on July 30, 2017

MASS Moca is an art gem in the Berkshires.  We go a few times a year and were drawn in by the Nick Cave exhibit first and foremost, though there was the surprise of my 2nd Robert Rauschenberg exhibit in two months and other exhibits of light and wonder. Nick Cave at MASS MoCA But…

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Literature

Book Review: Nadia Bolz-Weber, Sinner and Saint

Written on July 29, 2017

Nadia Bolz-Weber is someone I follow on Twitter– she seems like my kind of fierce and funny tattooed human.  I am delighted my local library branch had her memoir “Pastrix: the Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint” available. This book is meaty and memorable. There is so much to it that I decided…

Invest Trust

Spirituality

Trust As A Spiritual Practice In An Age of Unrest

Written on July 17, 2017

Trust is one of those themes I have been coming across on the daily of late. In my case, I’ve been contemplating how to be less anxious and trust the universe.  Other friends are facing the specter of betrayal and question how to trust particular people.  One friend even shared that one of her rules is not to…

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