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graduation announcements help calm nerves of the season

May 4, 2015
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I like the feeling of folding a paper precisely in half and then half again. It’s a signal to my system that somewhere in life there are exact marking points. 4 corners come together and, Viola! My message is tucked neatly away to be unfolded in the hands of a dear friend. Graduation rituals are […]

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gratitude: using bitter to reveal sweet

June 12, 2012
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I sip bitter coffee and I’m grateful for the walks I took in deep forests with my father just after he left my mother. I was five years old. His steps were big to my little but we’d walk 2 hours at a time. My coffee today helps me understand why I treasure the loneliness […]

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are you a helper or a needer? how do you join the circle?

March 15, 2012
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When a circle of helpers meet a circle of needs the bodies shuffle around and a new circle is made. I am interested in how people belong to circles, how circles evolve, and how “helping” and “needing” draw people to the circle or push them away. There was smoke last night billowing up from my […]

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i want you to want it

March 8, 2012
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When we were on the phone you said, “I always have trouble when it comes to what I want.” That is familiar. I feel it. I hear it again and again. Today I  want to cheer you on. It’s TIME. It’s time to let yourself want. It’s time to know what flavor you prefer and […]

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peeling back the plenty

December 24, 2011
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Every year we find a penny and an orange in the toe of our stockings. It reminds me to be grateful for small things. I love the fresh aroma of that small ball as I peel back the skin and my nose welcomes the smell of snow and skiing and childhood winter snacks. The penny […]

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cinnamon rolls taste like gratitude

November 28, 2011
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Because many sticky fingered readers asked me about my Thanksgiving snowflakes I’m reposting this.   Cinnamon rolls remind me to be grateful, consequently they are my altared space today.  When my children were young my husband and I lived in the same town as both our parents.  With divorce on both sides we had a […]

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inhale lavender and dig in

June 6, 2011
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          Purple, green and blue: the return of these colors is a sure sign of spring. After a season of grey and white, the beauty confetti of these colors shocks my senses and I awaken from that wintry slumber.  Spring has come late to where I live.           Lavender smells like lilacs. When I was about 10 years old there […]

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sister mothers and the gravity of mother energy

May 11, 2011
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          I’m bringing this post back from last year. It’s still Mother’s Day at my house because I feel the gifts of sister-mothers. I’m a little overwhelmed with 2 graduations in my home: my own and my daughter’s. So when a new friend, Marcia, said, “Let me help you plan her party,” I felt a […]

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now this moment

April 15, 2011
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Mom and prom. A single moment’s altared space to savor and remember via SouleMama

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love in a tradition

February 15, 2011
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I was a smidge late for Valentines Day at my house. My family woke to the altared space of peanut M&M decor instead of our usual treasure hunt for hearts. That’s OK. It made for a nice moment when everyone gathered after school and I had finally finished that last fabric heart.           The treasure […]

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solstice brings inner illumination

December 21, 2010
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          Today my altared space is the Winter Solstice. When my children were little I scooped them up, one in each arm, to lay on my bed in the dark and watch rainbows appear on my walls. Now it is my daughter who is holding me in my hour of darkness and showing me the […]

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