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Sunday Collection: Relationships

We see life from different perspectives. The view from your top floor window is different from that of my room next to the front door, which is different again for the person who looks out onto the branches of a tree. And although in a house I can go and look at your view, in…

Bright blessings on…

…World Sparrow Day! You thought I was going to say Spring Equinox, didn’t you? Well of course, on this blessed day too, and on the Autumnal Equinox for all in the Southern part of the globe. But my online friend Deb Swingholm (you should check out her website) mentioned on Facebook that today is also…

Sunday Collection: Women’s spirituality

Why a spirituality for women? Isn’t spirituality simply that, spirituality? Well perhaps. None of us can really share what spiritual experience means to us, no matter what gender we are. What I’m talking about in this week’s collection is spiritual practice and expression. And there are many reasons, some obvious, some more subtle, for spiritual…

Secret Lives: a review

Today I’m reviewing Secret Lives, a novel by Barbara Ardinger whose work I found via her lyrical but down-to-earth columns about Goddess spirituality at the blog Feminism and Religion. Secret Lives tells stories of friendship, crones, maidens and magic in late 20th century California. Oh, and there’s a talking cat which can slip between the…

Sunday Collection: International Women’s Day

Is it me or is International Women’s Day losing its meaning? Last Friday, I felt a certain ennui reading all the self-serving contributions from political and business leaders. Are we turning our backs on what the Day should represent? Corporate women The official site is sponsored by BP, another energy company, and financial institutions, with…

Digging with a teaspoon

I dreamed last night of an ancient, bent-backed woman digging up a road with a teaspoon. It was a freezing, starlit night and understandably, she wasn’t getting very far. The teaspoon was becoming buckled and corroded, and I could tell her hands were cramped and painful. But she gradually, painstakingly scraped away more and more…

Sunday Collection: Simplicity

I really do believe that living more simply is a big part of growing older with grace and gusto. Several readers have commented to me over the months that clutter seems to collect effortlessly as we grow older (well for some of us anyway) and that getting rid of it frees up enormous reserves of…

Simply peaceful

I‘ve been reminded viscerally this week of the value of a peaceful home. I remain absolutely convinced that living more simply (however we might define “simply”) is one of the key stepping stones to growing older on our own terms. Being surrounded by clutter, whether physical or mental, is destructive. I wrote here last year about…

Sunday collection: sacred dying

I woke up this morning thinking about death. As you do. And then the first thing I saw on Facebook was this update from a friend about our age: Two contemporaries facing the end of their lives. Much need for helpful reflection about how we prepare others and ourselves for this critical stage of our…

Crones and serpents

I‘m a snake. That’s to say it’s my sign in the Chinese zodiac, so this is my year because the Chinese just ushered in the Year of the Snake. And it got me thinking. Crones and serpents We have something in common, snakes and aging women: we’re both feared and revered. The snake as bad…

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