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Hot

I’m breaking my self-imposed blogging break because I’ve been inspired by a new book, Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard, a reporter who has covered climate change for decades but didn’t really “get it” in a gut way until he had a daughter and started to imagine her future. [...]

February 2nd, 2011|Climate Change|

Job Hunting?

As promised, I've been clearing space--including taking a break from blogging--in order to discern what I'm meant to do next. I've been journaling more, reading some spiritual books, paying attention to my dreams, and having good conversations with good friends. One of the recent topics has been a job opportunity with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the [...]

November 30th, 2010|Writing|

Fallow Period for the Blog

I’ve been posting less frequently, as faithful readers may have noticed. It’s connected to my last post about clearing space, which I’m still trying to do. The papers are finally graded, and though there are always little things that need doing, I’m trying to make inner nurture the priority this month, if not this season. [...]

November 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Clearing Space

I’m back after a whirlwind trip to the Boston area and wanting to seriously clear space so I can discern what’s next. But first I have to pay the bills, finish my daughter’s high school applications, grade 26 papers, email the five students with late papers, and write an overdue blog post. If I were [...]

October 20th, 2010|Writing|

Taking in the Good

I’ve been hit with a cold and with a pile of high school applications for my eighth grade daughter, so it’s going to be short this week (though I do have a blog post on the Huffington Post today, if you want to check that out). I’ve been listening to a series on “integral spirituality” called [...]

October 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Healing

The night before my kids went back to school this year, my eleven-year-old son sliced off the very tip of his left index finger while finishing a back-to-school project. His dad and I took turns holding pressure on it for 3 ½ hours, until the blood finally stopped bubbling to the skinless surface, which was [...]

September 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

In Response to A Modest Proposal

Over on his blog, Brent Bill has been making "A Modest Proposal" in five parts for the revitalization of the Quaker message in the United States. There's lots of good stuff in these posts, including a very funny video about what would happen if Starbucks marketed the way many churches do. (I think non-Quakers who [...]

September 23rd, 2010|Spirituality|

Amazon & the Ego Trap

Friends sometimes ask me, “How’s your amazon ranking?” a question I take as a well-intentioned show of interest in my work, but which I am finding increasingly annoying because it taps into all the ego challenges of promoting a book that I felt called to write and promote. On a spiritual level, I feel my [...]

September 16th, 2010|Writing|

In Response to Religious Prejudice

I appreciated the responses to last week's Finding My Voice blog post, including Johan's musings on similar questions. I've decided to write a follow up essay for the Huffington Post on differing images of God to respond to the erroneous assumptions about believers that permeated the angry comments on my last article there, but since then the issue [...]

September 10th, 2010|Spirituality|

If You Want to Write

I’ve gotten several requests lately from people who want to write about their spiritual experiences. A recent email asks, “Do you have any advice?” a question so broad that I could write a book to answer it, though I’m going to settle for a blog post. My hope is that this will be helpful to [...]

September 6th, 2010|Writing|
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