resilience

Determining “Quality of Life”

Lizzie at the foot of Dwayne’s desk … looking good after the morning at the groomer. Our Bichon Frise turned fifteen years old in November.  That’s 105 years old in “dog years.”  Actually it’s about the average lifespan for her breed.  She is suffering from cataracts, severe arthritis, a heart…

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Praise God for Liminal Times!

Throwback Thursday … another way for me not to lose some older writing I did and to share what’s still relevant.  This post was first published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Connections, a publication of the Presbytery of New Covenant. I attended a workshop on Spirituality at the Congregational Transformation Conference…

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Living the Rural Delusion

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with “the city” since I was a child growing up in a small town at what was essentially the end of the Long Island Railroad.  My grandparents acquired our “homestead” in the mid 1930’s when it was undoubtedly rural.  They built and worked a chicken…

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Resilience

State of the Presbytery, Monmouth  (part 3) Less than a year after Hurricane Ike changed the landscape of the Bolivar Peninsula along the Gulf Coast of Texas, I was sitting on a dune praying.  Well, not really a dune … a rise in the beach with some new growth upon…

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Stuff Happens

State of the Presbytery, Monmouth  (part 2) I realize that I’m supposed to be a Bruce Springsteen fan now that I am a Jersey Girl.  But having been raised on Long Island, I cannot reject my love of Billy Joel. I started my report with a “state of the presbytery”…

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