Author Archive for Suzette Standring

Baby Jesus: Still the star of the Christmas show

(Photo: Granddaughter Bella, daughter Star, Suzette, and granddaughter Lulu) Christmas is enchanting. Maybe it’s the twinkling lights on frosty streets, the aroma of holiday baking or merry music everywhere. For me, it’s a magical return to childhood. When I was little, the Infant Jesus began my family’s exciting lead-up to his birthday. My mother would […]

Hawk crash and other winter wildlife: spiritual messages

(Photo by Suzette Standring.  Hawk with a concussion right after its crash) Watching wildlife is a year-round Christmas gift as they scamper, trot, glide, and even slither freely nearby.  Our fenced-in back yard abuts an open field where coyotes, turkeys and deer are common.  Occasionally, the wild jolts the urban, as when a magnificent hawk […]

Meditation and Creating Textiles Artwork

(Photo by The Milton Art Center: “Snowy Owl,” a quilted wall hanging, by artist Line Corcoran of Milton) Deep fall invites cozy stillness, and an appreciation of fabrics. Quilts and other textiles soften the darkness. Baskets hearken back to close-to-the-earth times. Creating them is a meditation. Too often, their functional use, for example, what we […]

Dear America: notes of an undocumented citizen

Our humanity is central to the immigration controversy.  Jose Antonio Vargas’s new book, “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” (HarperCollins, September 18, 2018, 256 pages) looks deep into his oft-repeated answer, “I am an American. I just don’t have the right papers.” In “Dear America”, Vargas, 37, shares his life candidly to correct lies […]

The Our Father in Original Aramaic – a wow sensation

Unexpectedly during a group meditation, I heard The Our Father in original Aramaic, and it resonated in my body like a deep, physical blessing. I wondered, is this is how it sounded from Jesus’s lips 2,000 years ago?  An English translation was given that barely resembled The Lord’s Prayer we know today.  I had to […]