What is the story … of your life … of you?

A day bits and pieces – parts of a story … Dishes in the sink, get fruit at the grocery store, scrambling at work, running late, daughter holds my hand, out of cat food, need to exercise more, giggling at son’s story, the air is silky warm, put paint cans in trash, must weed soon,… Read more »

Taken Hostage … musings by Parker Palmer

    A week or so ago I basked on my favorite spot on Orcas Island … a spot I have visited most years since I was 4. It was over 90 degrees (it is never that hot!) and I was sitting on the edge of Cascade Lake listening to the sound of life’s laughter… Read more »


Its evening … the light is fading … I feel tired, slow, reflective. I spent the last 24 hours with graduate students and colleagues sharing stories of the human sort and was reminded of a word that has found its resonance in the cords of life over the last year. Saudade. Again today, I thought… Read more »

In Its Time…

A while back while re-reading Gayle Brandeis’ book “Fruitflesh” I was reminded again of the luscious sensual wisdom of our bodies. She remarks that the symbol for truth and sincerity in old Europe was a peach with one leaf attached. Apparently the peach, with its juicy succulent flesh represented the heart and the attached leaf… Read more »

Leash Life … A Parenting Paradox

After a series of events I find myself on a ferry, hopping between island life and the mainland reflecting on parenting teenagers. My web designer says … get a Facebook page My 17 year old says, “Don’t worry, I’ll set it up for you, Mom.” and then sends me a message to “Make me her… Read more »

The Soul Through Desire Seeks Love

  The soul through desire seeks love, joy and pleasure. Beyond our survival needs, love is our core desire. As children there is a sync between this core desire and what we pursue. We love to love and we love to receive love. We gravitate toward those who love and we seek their smiles, their… Read more »


  A Reader Question: What would a healthy sex education look like inside a truly Christian paradigm? How do we teach our kids about sexuality when we believe our bodies and our sexual desires are a gift from God? The word sex is loaded … in fact it has been loaded for so long that… Read more »

Stubborn Winters

  I don’t usually do winter gracefully – I get tired of being cold, I get tired of the gray, I get tired of the waiting … and tho spring has always come in her time … like a doubting Thomas, by late winter I always wonder will she leave us this year in our… Read more »