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Solstice Song

Inspired by reading Wintering this Solstice morning…Solstice SongWinter comes, kind & slow—unseen behind the glitter of other gifts.Outside, the trees root deeper.Inside, the fire glows brighter.And further inside, the spirit asks to rest—asks fo…

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The Long Game of Joy

I am delighted to announce the release of my new book on the first year of marriage!The Long Game of Joy is the book I wish I could have read before I said “I do.” It’s a blend of memoir, manual, and meditation; interwoven with…

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Book Brinking

It’s almost that time…publication time! My newest book has a November due date, and as I wrap up all the pre-pub stuff, I remember all of the resources that helped me write my own. This photo shows a fraction of the (way-too-many!) books I read …

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How to heal the world…

…give thanks, take joy

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An August Nod to Machado

Some Antonio Machado magic for these dog days of summer:And the golden beeswere making white combsand sweet honeyfrom my old failures.From his poem, “Last Night As I Lay Sleeping,” translated by Robert Bly

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Blooming Through

O the courage of yarrow, impossibly blooming through abandoned asphalt. Yarrow—meaning healing & love, meaning even the thickest lid above the wild seed of our hopecannot contain tenacious life.      

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Quinceañeras & Everyday Unicorns

Fifteen summer solstices ago—give or take a matter of hours—I wrote my first blog post here on Wordbody. There have been many books and paintings since then. Many things lost and a few things won. I’ve shared most all of them here. Some posts are …

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Speck-Sized Faith

O sweet seed—you small not yet,smaller already.The final flower waitsin speck-sized faith.Come forth—unfurl the gentle petalsof patience.

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Oh, the Places We Go!

Ten springs ago, I walked the hills of Wales. I was in the middle of making a choice, and this little pedestrian path sign seemed like the perfect metaphor for choices. It also reminds me of these lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Pla…

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The Heart That Took Flight

Happy Book Birthday!I was rummaging around in my old blogs looking for something this morning when I made a happy discovery: my first little book, The Heart Takes Flight, just turned 10, almost to the day!This illustrated vignette was a labor of love. …

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