food: fuel or nurturance?

January 7, 2017
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Does food preparation at your house feel tender and nurturing or like a slog through wet cement? This holiday season I was struck by the distinction of food as fuel and food that deeply satisfies. My daughter took hold of an avocado smashed it, added salsa, lime and salt. I couldn’t get enough. I warm […]

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a longing for christmas connection takes flight

December 24, 2016
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“If I’d known it was going to be this much fun, I wouldn’t have cried so hard when the kids left!” says my husband as we Christmas shop and lunch. I throw my head back with laughter. Then, instantly, a pain of guilt shoots through me, I’d never want the kids to hear us say […]

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how do you rest?

December 6, 2016
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All weekend we are in the same room, but we hardly exchange a word. It is the most romantic Thanksgiving holiday of my life. David has the turkey smoking on the BBQ and I am cleaning the bathroom when I hear her boots clicking down the hallway. Our daughter, Kaitlin, arrives from Salt Lake City. […]

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does no lights mean no christmas?

December 7, 2012
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It’s December 7 and my house doesn’t look any more Christmasy than it did November 15th. Is that OK? I haven’t even hung up the beloved advent calendar I made to remind me of my mother. Is this the beginning of the end of Christmas decorating for me, or a one time blip? With my […]

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parading the light

December 9, 2010
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            Today my altared space is the parade of lights. I finally got to be IN a parade. My smile from ear to ear proved that this experience did not disappoint the 40 years I’ve been anticipating its arrival. Why is a parade so exciting?             I’m a sucker for community. Seeing everyone preparing; arriving […]

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