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Guest post from Elizabeth Stauder. Liz lives in Central Oregon, but even as a young adult, she knows that her home is the world. She has just returned from living for eight months in Guatemala. During the time she was gone, her beloved friend Penny, a beautiful Golden Retriever, who had come into Liz’s life as a puppy on [...]
You’ve heard the Buddhist wisdom of “die a thousand deaths”? I find, as I stop more often during each day to allow myself to be present, I am aware of the millions of times I fall back into conditioned thinking and my heart is broken over and over by circumstances, by people I love, even by the [...]
When I asked for a miracle, I did not think it would look like this. All these tears. Petals falling in spring. And this shedding, how naked I am beneath these layers of loss, how eroded I am from the inside. I am trying not to bargain for what I think I want. I am [...]
There are those spaces in life, the liminal times of transition and uncertainty, when nothing seems to make sense. I’m weary of abiding in such a space, trying to walk sure-footedly on quicksand, to smile and sound confident as I’m riding the tiger, tense and unsure where I’m going, not in control. I don’t feel [...]
Nothing But the Whole Wide World to Gain Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries. —Theodore Roethke I have wanted to tear down the walls that fear built, even to shatter the window glass, so that there would be nothing between us, no artifice to keep us from meeting, defenseless me to [...]