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Treasures in Secret Places

Treasures in Secret Places

Untitled-2  Who or what unexpected in your life shows you God’s grace?  Perhaps it’s the last person or situation you expect. This is a homily I gave to my congregation at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lakeport, CA as a lay preacher in training.  Some of the content is specific to our needs but I think the main message is universal.

Proper 24 October 19. 2014

Isaiah 45:1-7  Psalm 96:1-9(10-13)  1…

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Art and Writing Workshop # 1 Medium: Collage

Art and Writing Workshop # 1 Medium: Collage

Five women and I gathered in my classroom yesterday morning and indulged in creative play and writing.  The work we did is below.  Enjoy!

by Peggy Thompson

by Peggy Thompson

Peggy did two collages.  Please be sure to read her poem inspired by her second one below.  This collage is of a health worker being sprayed by Clorox after carrying the body of an Ebola victim.


Pat Giacomini wrote a beautiful…

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Seven, Seventy-Seven, Seventy Times Seven


A homily I gave at St. John’s Episcopal, Lakeport, CA.

A wonderful thing about reading the Bible is to be challenged by it, grappling with what doesn’t fit in one’s world view, when it conflicts with the way one wants things to be said and resolved. Notice I’m using third person here. I could say “you”. But in reality I need to say “me”. There have been times I’ve put the Bible down because…

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 The dream is the forest, becoming Daphne-like, tattooed white skin that wishes it were a tawny…

IMG_0722 The dream is the forest,

becoming Daphne-like, tattooed white skin that wishes it were a tawny self,

roots like a snorkel, breathing out the flowering bush,

snake spine, and a cap of grass.  The last to go will be the glasses,

at least they have become a mask.  Laurel leaves are another myth,

one that echoes, but no god has frozen me, condemning my spirit into a single tree.

I choose the entire…

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Jesus and the Canaanite Woman or Why Does Jesus Seem to Be a Jerk?

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman or Why Does Jesus Seem to Be a Jerk?


My house will be called a house of prayer for all people,

Thus says the Lord GOD,

who gathers others to them

besides those already gathered.

Last month my husband and I were shopping in Santa Rosa, California. On an overpass above the freeway, dozens of people were gathered in a protest against welcoming the tide of parentless children crossing our nation’s southern borders. This homily will not…

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Holding On To Time

Holding On To Time

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I am the woman with fire legs and the feathered voice of  birds,

with Mercury’s wings suspended in flight, blessed by the waters of ocean and air,

born by decades of thoughts, cells bound by ancestresses,

mother after mother, hearts beating the blood of their daughter caught in mid-stride,

my lips pushed into invisible air, my body holding on to time


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Review of AINSWORTH by Anthea Carson

Review of AINSWORTH by Anthea Carson

AINSWORTH is a gem of a story. Carson writes with emotional honesty and such a fine sense of detail that one wonders why she is not a better known author. Janey-Lou, eight years old and the scapegoat of older siblings, tells the story of family secrets that are unearthed during a summer her family spends at the farmhouse of her aunt, uncle, and cousins in the prairie of Nebraska.

The story…

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The Secrets of the Odyssey (3)

The Secrets of the Odyssey (3)

Alethea Eason:

This is a soul opener.

Originally posted on symbolreader:

According to a well-known saying by Whitehead, all Western philosophy is a footnote to Plato. Philosophy may have begun with Plato but storytelling and literature began with minstrel poets such as Homer. Our cultural womb and cradle is ancient Greece; rereading the Odysseyand marveling at its psychological depth left me with…

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