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ABUSE OF POWER
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ABUSE OF POWER

This is for the 166.7 million females living in the United States…and for the men who love and protect us.  “Uniquely situated to exercise coercive power or leverage over someone.”These were the words the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals used in 2020 in its determination that an abuser typically has “considerable power” over the victim....

DIVINE PACE
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DIVINE PACE

I wrote once that life is a fast train.Now I see that I was the train and life was the view. How fast can you run toward the end of your life before everything around you, even the beautiful thoughts within you, are blurred?  October will mark for me the passing of a year, of...

SEARCHING FOR SOUL
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SEARCHING FOR SOUL

I’m perched in the waiting room chair anticipating test results and this image of Ron’s fingers, cupped and interlaced, pops into my head.  “A perfect little bowl!” he contemplated with curious delight. At the time I dismissed the gesture as silly: I was wrong not to notice that the consequential moments of our lives are...

LET. US. PRAY.
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LET. US. PRAY.

I am no expert in prayer. I’m not even certain what “expert in prayer” really means. But sometimes when I’m struggling with the words, I imagine how those I admire in my faith would begin. I wish that as I scroll through my feed I would read the words they are praying now. To learn...

THE BACK SIDE OF SUNFLOWERS
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THE BACK SIDE OF SUNFLOWERS

We drove to visit the sunflowers. Not the ones cut and waiting to be nestled in a vase, but the ones rooted and unassaulted…the ones aware of no other experience than bending toward the sun. As far as my eyes can see there are ten thousand yellow petals ravenous for the light. The earth is...

forty yeARS
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forty yeARS

If I were to draw forty years, it would not be a straight line. Imagining doing so, my pencil falls off the page and wanders to the edges of a dark wilderness with tiny embers of glimmering light shining through and between thick branches that are beautiful to look at but often prickly to the...

No RUSH
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No RUSH

I caught myself. It was close but I felt this fidgety, anxious spirit rising from my belly and then I caught myself. You [speaking to myself] cannot, will not, wish for this time to pass quickly.  I will not miss what is right in front of me for the sake of preoccupation over the what...

MOMENTS
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MOMENTS

We are given moments, not days and weeks, months and years. We are given moments. One as distinct and audible as a single sigh. I am sighing a lot these days. Not from a feeling of something ominous, but from the glorious revelation that life is longer, stretched like a slow sunset, when I will...

i AGREE
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i AGREE

My entire life I’ve been known for my hair. I remember after attending the Senior Standouts high school assembly and receiving the award for Prettiest Hair, I drove home, ran into my mama’s room and collapsed on her bed in tears, the shame overtaking me that while others received recognition for “Best All Around,” and...

Resuscitators of Beauty
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Resuscitators of Beauty

I glance over in the middle of the movie because somehow, I know his eyes, like mine, will be filled with tears. This is the same man who met me at the gate this evening with blood stains on his forehead—in the midst of slaying dragons all day, both invisible and those taking human form,...