come follow me

Jesus didn't say "Come, follow me only if you assent to all the points of the Nicene Creed."

—Diana Butler Bass


  Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.

—Jane Wagner, courtesy of Tammy Takahashi

heaven is here

Paul at People for Others says:


Joan Chittister reminds us of something important:
“To be enlightened is to know that heaven is not “coming.”
Heaven is here. We have simply not been able to realize that yet because,
like King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail, we look in all the wrong places,
worship all the wrong idols, get fixated on all the wrong notions of God.
We are always on our way to somewhere else when this place,
the place in which I stand, wherever it is, is the place of my procession into God,
the site of my union with the Life that gives Life.”

If only I could remember that more often.

writer’s block week

I've got a lot of ideas going around in my head, but right now I don't seem to be able to get them onto my computer screen and into the TypePad cloud. So I hope you'll indulge me as, for the rest of this week, I share with you some quotes I've accumulated over the past few month, gathered in large part from my oh-so-literate Facebook friends.

Terry and I are heading up to our favorite Bed & Breakfast, The Goose & Turrets, next weekend for President's Day. I hope to have some quality writing time on that trip. And perhaps the change in the weather will help as well. This unseasonably warm and dry February weather has not benefited my writing. It's good to see the rain returning.

So with luck, I will have new, fresh, interesting blog entries for you next week.

If not, I have more quotes saved back.



We are already one.
But we imagine that we are not.
And what we have to recover is our original unity.

—- Thomas Merton, via Jane Redmont

perceptions on health and wholeness

The loss of Jack Lalanne last month had a lot of us recalling our memories of him. I remember watching him growing up. It had to have been only during the summer and on school holidays and vacations, because he was on weekday mornings. But this video immediately reminded me about how, when he wanted to talk to the audience, he would turn his chair around backwards and lean on the back as he spoke.

The video must have been from a show in the late fifties or early sixties. It was interesting to hear him talk about healthy nutrition and fresh food, and about how material goods don't buy happiness, just because those are not attitudes we associate with that era.

It's well worth your three minutes: both a time capsule and an uplifting message at the same time. Enjoy! (And thanks to Mark Sandstrom for this.)




I was looking at and thinking about my book collection the other day. I still have some books from my childhood. I have some books from my college days. I've got books from my B. Dalton Bookseller days. I've got books from my Religious Science days, and books from my once-and-again Episcopal days. I've given away, donated, or otherwise gotten rid of books from all of those eras. And yet I still have a lot of books from all of those eras. I'm not sure there's a lot of rhyme or reason to what I've kept and what I've let go of. Some books I've gotten rid of I wish I still had. Some books I still have I wonder why I've kept.

I have no answers here, just some random thoughts. Anyone have a similar experience?