Closing the Door

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I recently went on a silent retreat. The timing was God-ordained as it was just after a 2 month stretch of busyness and stress. With fervent anticipation I drove to a place I had not been before. Wondering, “How will God speak to me? What will he say? Will I get rest? How will I […]

My Life as a Compost Heap

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. This poor woman. Absolutely no self-esteem. OR poor Minnesota resident gone mad. It’s been sub-zero for the high temps for more than a week, with wind chills in the teens below zero. (I’m not kidding about that.) This must be what cabin fever looks like. I can assure you […]

Tears at the Grocery Store

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Do you ever get overwhelmed by stuff? I do. And just the evening before, I had gathered all of my daughter’s favorite tea bags and consolidated them into one box. It would reduce the number of boxes on the shelf, and that always feels good, to be organized and simplified. So there I was, standing […]

The Gift of Time

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One especially foggy December morning, my friend Nanc’ and I boarded an Amtrak train for a little “girl” time and Christmas shopping in Chicago. There is something magical . . .

YES!

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My grandson, Eliot, and I were skyping and he could see my hands were busy. What, he wondered, I was doing.“I’m crocheting a blanket for friends who just got married,” I answered. After a 3 second pause, Eliot said, “Ama? You know the blanket you made when I was a baby?” (He is 4.5  and […]

Reclaiming Time as the Backdrop to Spiritual Transformation

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Reclaiming Time as the Backdrop to Spiritual Transformation By Tyler Blanski, author of When Donkeys Talk: Rediscovering the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (Zondervan, 2012) and Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred (Upper Room Books, 2010). www.TylerBlanski.com When cracking open fortune cookies, I used to hope I’d read something like: “Christianity is not […]