In the Shelter of Each Other

An old Irish proverb says: It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. As I become increasingly concerned about things that are happening in government, policy-making, and society in my country and in the world, this proverb is helping me clarify what it is that actually concerns me. There are many…

Peace In Every Breath

A few weeks ago, I learned that a colleague was going through a time of transition with his elderly mother. In his words, “Her light is fading.” So I wrote to him to offer words of support. In return, I received a beautiful letter describing their recent time together – so gentle, so affirming, so…

Acknowledging Your Fear and Finding Your Way Forward

Fear. It’s an emotion that we all experience, yet we rarely talk openly about it. A few years ago, “fear” was the lecture theme for one of the weeks at Chautauqua, my beloved summer retreat and spiritual home. The speakers talked all around the topic – the history of fear, the causes of fear, the…

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