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Parenting from Kindness

The little boy, a pint-sized bundle of energy, squatted on the sidewalk, a tiny stick in his hand, no more than a leaf stem. He had turned a grey centipede over with the stick and watched the bug shake its many legs. The boy seemed curious. “Honey,” how would you feel if I turned you over on your back and poked you in the tummy?” the young mother asked her son. Bright sunlight glistened on the sidewalk, wet from sprinklers that had just turned off. The little boys knees were scuffed, scratched, the way little boys knees often are. His feet were bare. He stared at the squirming bug, thoughtful. “We choose kindness,” the young mother said, her voice soft, firm. The little boy looked back and forth between his Mama and the bug.  He thought.  He righted the bug. The Mama ruffled her son’s hair and hugged him.  He…

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Holy Light

November 29, 2022

I steered my car around a dark, forested bend in the road that ran alongside the Little Kanawha River. The 68-mile commute along West Virginia byways from my home in Millstone to my office in Parkersburg was as familiar to me as the back of my hand. Each curve was an intimate friend. Miles stretched…

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Ornament Wisdom

November 28, 2022

At his first sight of our Christmas tree, my 3-year-old grandson, Alex, said, “Oh, wow!” His gorgeous brown eyes were wide. Mickey Mouse winked on the chest of his grey and white T-shirt. His hand was clapped to his mouth. “It’s beautiful, Grammy!” “Look at this one, Alex,” his 5-year-old brother, Luke, said, as he…

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Hush and Beauty

November 28, 2022

I’m moved to write a reflection this year, 2022, on each day of Advent, a season that ends on Christmas Eve. Two phrases are on my mind: “the hush of waiting” and “hope for finding beauty in the dark.” When my first husband, Jim, died in a car wreck on Christmas Eve in 1999, I…

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Suckled Stars

October 20, 2022

Languid. Black hole. Exploded sensation. Noisy urgency. Unabashed love. Dissolved. A star was born. My newborn daughter suckled at my breast. She feasted as if there was no tomorrow. Her tiny cheeks puffed in and out, concaved and then plumped, with her efforts to drink me in. Droplets of milk oozed from the corner of…

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Becoming an Author: Five Truisms

October 11, 2022

“I’ve got a book manuscript hidden in my drawer,” my client said, in an offhand manner. She sat in her office halfway around the world and in a little box on the Zoom screen. She spoke fast. I think she half hoped I wouldn’t catch her words. “Send it to me,” I said. “I’d love…

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Fishbowl

October 3, 2022

The university classroom was too warm, it smelled of books, bodies, and old heat registers. My professor of counselor education, Peggy, and I, sat across from each other in wood and metal chairs. I had volunteered to work with her in a “fishbowl” – to be a pretend “client” while she demonstrated how counseling works….

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Untethered

September 17, 2022

I wanted to live in my body. I wanted to live undisturbed by judgment. I wanted to live, untethered.

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End of Watch

August 8, 2022

The funeral cortege for my niece’s husband was long.

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Echoes

January 28, 2022

I burn to heal, discover and create.
I burn to grey ash, to sticky dust, to gritty sediment.
I burn all that I am not.

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Priestess

July 28, 2021

A lifetime ago, I was invited to “preach” at an Episcopalian Sunday service in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the homeland of my heart.

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