The Holidays are filled with times of gathering to share good food and conversation. Sometimes the gathering is with family and friends with whom conversation comes quick and easy. At other times, it is a schmooze kind of get-together in which people try to invent conversation or there is a kind of competition about who can out-best the others in the most interesting or cool thing.
I continue to reflect upon and be inspired by an article by Parker Palmer about heartbreak and standing in the tragic gap. Though he wrote the article in 2008 as a continued reflection on the tragedy of planes plunging into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, it is still relevant today. It was then that the culture and community of our nation significantly shifted. We are still shifting and trying to find a balance.
As we leave a very hot and dry summer behind the image of thirst and the refreshment of water is a powerful one. Recently my husband and I sat out on our back patio and watched a monsoon storm drench our thirsty yard. We were so thrilled to have the rain. We know well in this desert region that water brings life.
Have you ever made plans and then life stepped in and took over? It can be a bit of a challenge. This summer was supposed to be about renewal leave for me.
In her high school years, my youngest daughter and I were a part of a venture crew. Our crew of high school girls and boys dreamed and planned our risky and daring ventures months ahead.