Open Your Palm

I recently heard this story of a crosstown New York City bus stuck in rush hour traffic. Everyone on the bus was cold, annoyed and soul-weary. The minimal exchanges of words were curt, eyes cast to the floor and postures slumped. There are just some days when it is just plain

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Bullseye to the Soul

You know when you hear a song (often it's one you don't even like), and suddenly it becomes the soundtrack of your life? In the shower, pulling into the school pick-up line, pushing your cart down the milk aisle at the grocery store, jogging around Radnor Lake, even drifting off

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Your Cornerstone

On an auspicious morning in the year of 1163, standing in the rarified French dust of what would one day become the great gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, two men, one a bishop, the other, the Pope of Christendom, sprinkled holy water, read from the Psalter, and serenaded an unsuspecting

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One Flat Tire

After the mad morning rush of breakfast, lunch boxes and the drop off of five kids at three different schools in the morning, I was giddy pulling into the parking lot of Radnor Lake. This was to be baby Finn's first introduction to my sanctuary. I tightened the straps and

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Faith Gazing

"The sky will spill with stars." NASA's prediction for this year's much-anticipated Perseid Meteor shower (August 10-12, 2016). The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year when the 16-mile long, 11th century Comet Swift Tuttle passes by Earth on its orbit around the sun leaving a trail of celestial dust in its

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The Gold Within

The Olympics in Rio was a highlight of the summer. Who could choose a favorite Olympian: Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, Simone Biles, the mythic gymnast, or the indomitable Michael Phelps in the pool? Every night we watched in awe as these athletes exhibited great courage, determination, poise,

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Treading Water

My grandfather was drafted into the navy during WWII. He saw action in Pearl Harbor and in the Battle of Manilla in the Philippines. "Papa JB" had one of the more daring jobs on the ship. His fellow sailors would lock him into a full iron diving suit and then

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Looking for Rainbows

This week we had a Spring thunderstorm for the books. The sky went dark. The air became ominously quiet. The first lightening strike caused a squeal from my three year old followed by a howl of thunder. And then the heavens opened up. I happened to be dropping off some

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Get the Glow

Recently a friend surprised me with the compliment, "You are glowing!" I was quick to point out the dark circles under my eyes, the unbrushed hair, perfume of breast milk and missing lipstick-----All signs of a very sleep-deprived over-the-hill mother of a six-week old baby. But the glow she noticed was a

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L’Art de Vivre

"L'Art de Vivre" is a French turn of phrase that alludes to the art of living well. You might be surprised to find that the French definition would not include professional accolades, material success, fame, coffers spilling with gold, or even physical beauty. (Side note: I have yet to write

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