On practicing presence (and potato soup)

On practicing presence (and potato soup)
I stand at the kitchen sink, peel potatoes, and watch swirls of brown skin collect before scooping them into a container for our neighbor's composting bin. As I look out the window, I notice half of the iceberg rose is covered in white blooms. Next my thoughts wander to the items undone on my to-do list, then I remember to give thanks we have food and I can cook. Photo used with permission of CC User: Jamonation I recall when I hurt my ankle and how I longed to cook for my family but I needed ... [More]

Ten Tips for cultivating simplicity (& Grace)

Ten Tips for cultivating simplicity (& Grace)
I write as one still learning to cultivate simplicity. (Earlier, I share the "Why?" and prayer behind cultivating simplicity.) I seek to cultivate simplicity so I can better love God and others (see Matt. 22:36-40). Photo used under CC license user: Nicholas A. Tonelli Simplicity in my schedule and spending, where I can, gives me greater flexibility to say "yes" to nudges from the Spirit. Please don't see cultivating simplicity as another "to do" item. I'm learning it is God's invitation to l... [More]

A Prayer God Answers...

A Prayer God Answers...
Remember the scene where Cinderella's two stepsisters try to force and wedge their too big feet into her glass slipper? Well I've felt the stepsisters' pain as I've revised my post "10 Tips on Cultivating Simplicity" for the past two days. Instead of forcing it, I'm going with what fits: write about the "why" behind cultivating simplicity. The "Why" is simply God delights in you (Zeph. 3:17). When you walk into a room, His eyes light up. If He was introducing you, He would speak with pride. Ph... [More]

On the courage to choose silence (& the benefits)

On the courage to choose silence (& the benefits)
For a few months, I've been sensing an ache I can't quite identify and an itch I can't scratch. I'm realizing it won't go away if I don't create space for internal silence. Recently I read Mick Silva's words: "We need silence and space alone to work out preexistent ideas, emotions and mental states... We need our time back to fully love ourselves and our lives, to feel, deal, heal and become real. And then maybe we’ll find ourselves able to love not only ourselves anew, but others, and G... [More]

Inviting you to the Cantor Arts Center

Inviting you to the Cantor Arts Center
Every now and then, I write for one of my favorite sites: Tweetspeak Poetry. ****** The light-filled and spacious Friedenrich Gallery is on the second floor of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.  Half of the gallery displays selections from the Cantor’s diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. Each piece invites me into a different story.  Interior with Cityscape, 1969 by Elmer Bischoff, depicts a woman looking down. In the foreground, she stands ... [More]