One of Us

One of Us

I lived in Madison Wisconsin for about twelve years. During that time, I spent seemingly endless hours riding around on the Madison Metro bus system. Typically, I could get to my destination more quickly on my bicycle, but traffic was less terrifying, rain was less...
All My Relatives

All My Relatives

In August, I attended a wonderful retreat in Maple Lake, MN. One of the presenters was a Lakota Sioux man, Joseph Medicine Robe, who frequently addressed us as “relatives,” and mentioned the Lakota phrase ‘mitakuye oyasin,’ which I wrote about several years back. A...
Seeing Things Differently

Seeing Things Differently

The recent issue of “O” Magazine contained a section on the question “What If You Saw Things Differently?” It has the stories of six persons who experienced an event that made them see the situations very differently. Making judgments, often on...
Life is Fragile

Life is Fragile

I´ve been reminded lately of the fragility of life. Life is so delicate, so precious, and so beautiful. But we take it for granted. We get so caught up in everyday worries, always thinking ahead to tomorrow, but tomorrow is not guaranteed. Everything we have in this...
Domestic Church

Domestic Church

The little girl was learning to ride her two-wheeler.  Her mom, dad and older sister were watching and giving her a hand when she needed assistance.    We were privileged to watch this endeavor on our street.  One could see the pride and joy on each face as they...
What Do You Need?

What Do You Need?

Author Jan Richardson, in her book The Cure for Sorrow, offers a suggestion to begin the day with a soulful question.  That is to ask yourself, “What do I need today?”    Some days the answer will come easily.  Others, we may struggle to discern what our deepest need...