Spirituality

Weeds, like difficult people, serve a purpose

Weeds, labor-generating and vexing as they are, serve a purpose. Eventually, they break up unworkable soil. Then they are removed or replaced, just like troublesome folks in our lives. Yet we grow from conflict. Twenty years ago, there was a garden patch of dry, clay-like soil when we bought our home.  Only weeds sprouted there, […]

My husband fell from a ladder: a cautionary tale

March 24, 2019 David’s in the hospital. He fell off a ladder in Falmouth trying to clean the roof of our home. Eight feet up, he was trying to scrape lichen off the roof when the ladder slipped back.  He fell face first, his nose hitting the rung of the ladder, leaving multiple facial fractures.  […]

New Year: Become, don’t just overcome

In 2019, I hope to “become” not to “overcome.”  To me, becoming is about awareness and inner change, while overcoming feels like a grinding discipline of must and should. Yet there is so much to overcome: the polemics of news, bad habits, ongoing hurts. But recently I fasted from TV for a week, and a […]

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 […]