faith, Pandemic Wisdom

The Baby Thing

He's here. Our newest grandson, River Grant Ryan, arrived on December 2, just a few minutes after midnight. We believed he would be born on 12/1 but I think he was waiting to have a cool birthdate, 12/2/2020. He's beautiful and healthy, a pandemic baby from start to finish. His arrival sent a burst of… Continue reading The Baby Thing

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In Limbo

Waiting, isn't it just the worst? I know people right now who are waiting on the results of a biopsy or on the doctor's appointment to line out their treatment plan. I know people who are waiting 14 days to get out of Covid quarantine. I've personally waited with our youngest son through 2 Covid… Continue reading In Limbo

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What Are You Looking At?

It's called mirroring. It happens in a variety of ways. It has been called the "social glue" in human relationships. When we are interested in another human being, we subconsciously mirror or match another person's movements. We match facial expressions, body language, speech patterns or even attitudes. Mirroring must be hard wired in us because… Continue reading What Are You Looking At?

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Our Real Work

Remember way back to December 2019? I barely do. The world was different then. We were stressing and anticipating the holidays. We were planning trips and adventures for 2020. We were seeing friends, having lunch and working in offices. School was going on. College was happening. There were sports, concerts and people milling about hugging… Continue reading Our Real Work

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Being Present

I keep working on it. I guess I always will. Focus. Attention. Noticing. Being present. The beautiful late poet Mary Oliver wrote it this way, This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. Theologian Richard Rohr suggested doing a five… Continue reading Being Present