A few weeks ago I was at a writing retreat in North Carolina and went for a walk among the beautiful leaves of a North Carolina autumn. While there, I felt a call to walk along the Pigeon River, which ran along a path near the big field of the camp. The path got smaller … Continue reading Excerpt from The Labyrinth
So, I’m not the greatest aquarium keeper. It took me forever to get the water chemicals and pH balanced when I first got my fish seven or eight years ago, and many poor tiger barbs, guppies, and tetras met their maker while I tried. Then there was the time my YoYo loach hid in an … Continue reading One Very Tiny Fish
I am so pleased to be writing to you this week. Really. Because for a while there it looked like it might never happen. I didn’t worry about it Monday. I had just written a post the Friday before. There was plenty of time to be inspired. Tuesday, I chaperoned a school trip. I spent … Continue reading Uninspired
I had a bit of a disappointment today. I knew it was coming, but it was still difficult to have it actually come to pass. At the same time, however, a couple of wonderful things were in the works: a call from a reporter, a possible trip with a friend, and a return home after … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
Well, all is calm and all is bright at the Beene’s again this Christmas afternoon. The pork for the tamales is in the crock pot, so I know there will be some excitement later when I teach my son how to roll them, but for the most part, we’re just relaxing. My husband and I … Continue reading Merry Christmas – and Happy Holidays too!
I wasn’t sure if I’d hear it again – the distinctive rattle that for weeks when we first moved to Savannah we could not identify. It literally shook the house and seemed like maybe the fireplace was falling in. What could make that reverberating jackhammer sound on the metal chimney pipe. Of course, we soon … Continue reading Woodpecker
You may be more familiar with Reiki than I am. My only experience before today was at a health fair at my college reunion about 20 years ago. What I remember is that none of my college friends were willing to try it – they went off for chair massages, I think. But I was … Continue reading The Power of Other People’s Prayers
Recently I was listening to a webinar on next steps and the leader suggested that we close our eyes and envision the path before us. Now generally I am not a visualization kind of person. I often lead these kinds of exercises because it is so valuable for many people to “see” something in order … Continue reading Embrace the Mountain
That day I have been waiting for is finally here. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana’s book God, Improv and the Art of Living has been released and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (or wherever fine books are sold, I suppose). I highly recommend that if you want to be challenged and have … Continue reading It’s Finally Here!
As I sat in prayer today, two words arose again and again – a command, in fact, direct from the Divine. “Let go!” So my initial reaction was to hold on even more tightly. Does this ever happen to you? Sometimes it is in my spiritual life, but often it’s just in everyday living – … Continue reading Letting Go