Monthly Archives: January 2018

Military Care Package – Ladies Night

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

6:00-9:00pm

Friends, join us as we do something to give back to those on military deployment.

We are hosting a night to create and assemble items to be included in Care Packages for our active duty military women and men on deployment.  At Twinkle’s Place we will be mixing up sugar scrubs, making clay talisman, and making greeting cards. 

Some will be bringing handmade items like crocheted washcloths and goats milk soap (Thank you Waggin’ Tale Farm). Others plan to contribute books, poems and artistry.

Yes, the theme for the care package is all about pampering these women and men. If you have something you would like to contribute to the care packages, please join us!

If you cannot attend, please feel free to drop something by this week.

let our lights shine brightly

May all of us know:                                           

a light that has shone brightly                       

never truly goes out                                           

when it has lit so very many others.

May we have the tenacity                               

to shine brightly.

May we have the courage to share                    

this light with others.

May we have the faith                                     

to do just so.

Amen.

Katherine Woodward Thomas: Conscious Uncoupling

Once upon a time we lived in tribal communities of about 150 people.  Our lifespan was about 40 years. And divorce was unheard of. Yet partnerships were not often rooted in romance, but rather in survival and coupling (marriage) was according to class.  One rarely changed their lot in life. Around 400 years ago in Venice, Italy, the “Happily Ever After” story was first told as a way to give hope to those born into poverty, many of whom who would not live past 16. The legacy we’ve inherited from the happily ever after dream is as simple and as complicated as that we are in many ways not biologically designed to separate and so it hurts when we do, and as a result we need to consciously develop the ability to do so.  Katherine Woodward Thomas informs us about “Conscious Uncoupling” and also about “Calling in the One.” She helps couples let go gently and transition peacefully without holding our former partner hostage to our anger. This is a contribution just to each other, but to creating models of peaceableness for future generations (our children, and others in our circles). It is also a contribution to creating peace on our planet.

 

 

 

Do You Pray?

Recently Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  posed the question:“Do you pray? What does “prayer” mean to you?

My response:

I pray daily and throughout the day – my life is a life of prayer.  My journey with prayer has been an ever evolving one. At present prayer to me is surrender and gratitude. The first, surrender, is in communion with, and experience of, the Holy. The second, deep gratitude for the Holy and the many gifts in my life. The outward appearance of such prayers can be formal or spontaneous:          

intentional moments of stillness and silence, visualization, or active with writing, creating art, chanting or singing or drawing down the moon, walking in the woods and along the river, speaking out loud my heart’s desires or giving a blessing, it is the lullabies with my child each night.…prayer is even found in doing the dishes at my kitchen sink, and dancing in my living room.