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are we there yet: living with what is

When I was growing up, my Hooley-Murray grandparents lived near Lockport, New York, just beyond Lake Erie and Buffalo, 550 miles away. And, my Troyer-Stauffer grandparents lived near Milford, Nebraska, 650 miles away. “Are we there yet?,” constantly echoed from the back seat. The answer echoed back with a sigh, “No. Just enjoy the trip.” Continue reading

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hiding: living with what is

When I was growing up, a favorite pastime was to create a play tent. My brother and I would begin by placing a card table in the center of the living room, covering it with a blanket, and continuing to build. By the time we finished, the field of blankets would stretch across the living room, forming a table-height tent. Continue reading

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the geography of here: living with what is

The Kansas landscape hides stories. I’ve often laughed, “It isn’t the end of the earth, but you can see it from here.”  Continue reading

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known and unknown: living with what is

There is comfort in the ordinary. But today was not ordinary. Continue reading

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healing: living with what is

I’ve been re-imagining healing in the context of my diagnosis of recurrent ovarian cancer. I’m pondering healing … not curing, solving, or fixing. Continue reading

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faith and doubt: living with what is

As a child I wanted to know what would happen next. I can still hear myself asking, “What are we doing today?” And, “Are we there yet?!” Continue reading

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living with what is …

If I ever believed that I had control over the circumstances of my life, that decisively ended when John Foster and I were told we would not be able to have biological children. Up until then, my life had moved … Continue reading

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a blessing for the portal

Jan Richardson wrote this blessing in Illuminated 2014: A Map in the Dark. From it came my art journal page: a portal with a path emerging into the unknown. May it invite and bless you too. BLESSING When the mystery. When the … Continue reading

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a reflection: photographs, mandalas, and a new preface

This blog began as a way to share my desire to see the world in new ways, to explore what it would mean to intentionally look, meditate, and encounter life moment by moment … with curiosity. I started posting my … Continue reading

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