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So Strange It Must Be True

This post is alternately titled, “Katy Perry Never Gives Up.” Bless you for reading. You are a brave soul. ** I had an out-of-body meditation experience once that showed me how weird it is to be human. (The out of body thing happened more than once, but let’s just start with this one time.) It was like I died and was suspended for a while, and then dropped back into […]

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FirstDay Sermon: The Power of Hugs

I have recently adapted with my kids “the 20-second hug,” something I heard about in an article by Thich Nhat Hanh. Instead of a flimsy hug where you barely connect and just pat a person’s shoulders and move on to your next thing, this hug requires you to stay still in another person’s arms for a while. 20 whole seconds. Once someone knows they’re in the hug for 20 seconds, […]

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FirstDay Sermon: Men Are to Be Trusted

One of the problems that comes up when talking about women growing in empowerment, or, as I prefer to call it, embodiment, is there is an assumption that men won’t get on board, or don’t want to. Within the female psyche is an automatic reaction that says we can’t trust men. And that is not just from single women. That is from women who are married, women who have brothers, […]

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The Devil Is Just a Mask

For a long time I told myself that darkness and evil didn’t really exist. I had a rose-colored view of the spirit world. I’d been a Quaker for years, and I often felt moved to speak in meetings, so I knew a Good Force could come in and make itself known in your heart and compel you to action. I was just so well-intentioned that I didn’t believe there was […]

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What’s Your Brand, Fornicator?

Oh my God, language! We need an English teacher up in this joint. Oh, yeah, I am one! Great. Let’s see what we can do with some vocabulary. Consider this your classroom Word Wall. Let’s begin. Fornication. It’s really not so scary. Let’s unpack this sucker. Fornication is defined by one of other dictionaries as “consensual sexual intercourse between unmarried people.” If you grew up Catholic, this word probably gives […]

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